Norway faces flight delays this week

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Sola airport is one of 16 facing disruption across Norway this week. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix
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Travellers could face flight delays this Thursday as Norway commences its biggest airspace reorganization ever, it was forewarned on Monday.

On Thursday the most extensive airspace reorganization in Norway ever will take place. Large parts of middle and western Norway will be located new flight routes both in and out of the country.

To make way for the changes, flight delays are expected at Værnes, Flesland and Sola airports.
The reorganization is critical to accommodate the growth in air traffic, for more effective management of the airspace and increased passenger security.
Kristian Løksa, head of communications for airport owners Avinor Flysikring, is quoted in the company's press release: “When we make such changes, considerations towards flight security is always the most important factor. It is therefore necessary there will be some limits as to how many passengers can fly at the same time. This will be until we are satisfied that everything is working as expected.”
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The changes will affect Western Norway, Møre and Trøndelag, where there will be new flight routes inbound and outbound for 16 airports. The disruption will affect the region's three largest airports - Sola, Flesland and Værnes.

Avinor informed The Local that delays at these airports could also have consequences for the airspace traffic at other airports in Norway.

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