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Drones stop landings at Oslo airport for second time in two months

Two different drones on Wednesday caused landings at Oslo’s Gardermoen airport to be delayed.

Drones stop landings at Oslo airport for second time in two months
File photo: Erik Johansen / NTB scanpix

Aircraft were diverted to nearby Torp airport after two drones began flying near Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen within the space of a few hours, NRK reports.

The first of the two drones caused one of the two runways at Gardemoen to be closed for 20 minutes just before 2:30pm on Wednesday.

Then at 7pm, a second drone caused all incoming flights to be delayed.

Local media Romerikes Blad was first to report on the two drone incidents.

Police said the drones were operated by two different people.

“At 2:20pm we were informed of a drone within the restricted flying zone. It turned out to be an estate agent that wanted to take some pictures of a property,” Police District East commanding officer Terje Marstad told NRK.

The operator will be fined for the infringement, the broadcaster reports.

“Then a 7pm we received a report of a new drone. This time we had to close both runways at Gardermoen,” Marsad said.

The second drone caused prevented aircraft from landing for half an hour. Police do not yet know who was operating it.

The incidents are the second time in two month drones have interfered with flight traffic in Oslo.

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Oslo Airport sees uptick in arrivals ahead of new Covid-19 quarantine rules

Oslo's Gardermoen airport, the largest in Norway, has seen passengers move their trips forward to avoid incoming tightening of Covid-19 entry quarantine rules.

Oslo Airport sees uptick in arrivals ahead of new Covid-19 quarantine rules
AFP PHOTO / Hakon Mosvold Larsen (Photo by Hakon Mosvold Larsen / SCANPIX NORWAY / AFP)

The municipal director who is responsible for the quarantine hotels in Ullensaker, where the airport is located, confirmed the trend to newspaper VG.

“We had a relatively tough weekend, because we believe that those who have become aware that they would be put into quarantine hotels have now arrived much earlier, at the beginning of the Easter holidays,” municipal director Gunhild Grimstad-Kirkeby told VG.

New quarantine hotel rules come into effect from Monday, meaning that anybody arriving in Norway on trips that aren’t considered necessary foreign travel will have to check into quarantine hotels. The rules will tighten further on April 1st.

The earliest opportunity to leave the quarantine hotel would be 7 days after arriving and only if you return a negative test. Previously, Norwegian citizens and residents were allowed to quarantine at home.

The latest government information on rules relating to coronavirus quarantine hotels can be found in English here.

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Ullensaker has opened an additional quarantine hotel to help it cope with demand. Grimstad-Kirkeby estimated that there are 1,000-2,000 people currently in quarantine hotels around Oslo Airport Gardermoen.

“It was high pressure on Friday, a little less on Saturday and a little less on Sunday. If I am to assume based on the forecasts I have received there will be a decline in arrivals on Monday (when the new rules come into place),” she said.

Travelers at the hotels must pay a 500 kroner per-day subsidy for adults and 250 kroner per-day subsidy for children aged between 10-18.

On April 1st those arriving in Norway must also provide a negative PCR test that has been taken within 24 hours of their departure flight. Once in Norway, they must take a rapid coronavirus test at the airport or border and wait at the test station until the result is returned. If they are travelling for non-essential reasons, they will be required to quarantine regardless of test results.

Foreign nationals who are unable to meet the requirements will be denied entry and Norwegian citizens and residents will receive fines, Justice Minister, Monica Mæland, told VG. Mæland also said there has been a slight increase in travel activity this Easter.

“We meet this (increased travel) with stricter rules. Some disagree and some still travel, we must have a system in place to ensure that we do not get increased infection rates after Easter,” she said.

“The police will decide the size of the fine in each individual case, and there can be imprisonment for up to six months. We have seen examples of some quite hefty fines already. We will do everything we can to prevent import infection,” she said in regard to the potential punishments for those who break the new rules.

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