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Oslo airport aims to cut transfer times

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Oslo airport aims to cut transfer times
Oslo Gardermoen airport. File photo: Scanpix
14:06 CEST+02:00
Oslo airport managers hope to issue a one-way ticket to the past for Norway's costly luggage carousel, which requires passengers transferring from an international to a domestic flight to check out and check back in their luggage.

Authorities at Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen (OSL) airport said on Tuesday that they wanted to cut back the transfer time for their air passengers, a move that has the government's tentative support.

"We are busy trying to find a solution as fast as possible," government aide Geir Pollestad told the Aftenposten newspaper on Tuesday. "We think it's important to make people's travels easier, which will also strengthen OSL as a transfer airport."

Disbanding the cumbersome luggage carousel could also cut costs from border police and customs. While the government estimates that a reform would cost 40 million kroner ($6.7 million), a report being compiled by the Transport Ministry has found that the airlines believe they would increase their annual turnover with about 1.9 million kroner in the first one to three years of a new system. 

If the Norwegian parliament supports the reform, the luggage carousel could be a thing of the past within one year, according to authorities at Oslo airport. 

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