The Airport Situation in Norway (European Airport Staff Shortage in 2022)

Many European airports have been experiencing trouble in the summer of 2022 due to staff shortage, and airports like Schiphol in Amsterdam has had quests that lasted for over 6 hours. But how is the airport situation in Norway like in 2022? Should you prepare for additional queues at the major airports like Gardermoen?

Norwegian airports have not been affected by the staff shortages that most other European airports have experienced in the summer of 2022. So you don’t need to prepare extra time for flights out of Norway.

In fact, most people who have visited airports in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim in the last few weeks have experienced normal conditions with 5 – 10 minute queues to pass security, and only a few minute waits to get their boarding cards.

Norwegian airports are generally very effective, and they have been able to get enough staff back to work after the pandemic has ended. So there’s no need to worry about this when leaving Norway or flying between Norwegian cities.

Stavanger airport Sola
Stavanger airport Sola. Photo by Jarle Vines / CC BY-SA 3.0.

Oslo Airport Gardermoen has had trouble in the morning rush some days

The only airport to have had trouble in the summer of 2022 (so far) is Oslo Airport Gardermoen. They have had some issues with being understaffed during the morning rush between 07.00 and 08.00 at June 15. This lead to queues that were around 30 minutes, which is long by Norwegian standards, so people started to complain.

The issue was because of sick leave by staff members, but the airport has already resolved the issue, so it’s unlikely to be a problem in the coming weeks.

Also read: Get from Gardermoen to Oslo city center.

Oslo Airport Gardermoen
Inside Oslo Airport Gardermoen. Photo by Cccc3333 / CC BY-SA 3.0.

Arrive at the airport at least 1 to 2 hours before the departure

Even though the security check queues in Norway tend to be under 10 minutes, you should still aim to arrive at the airport well in advance of the departure. You never know if there’s a traffic jam, a train delay or some other issue that will make you late, so prepare more time than you actually need to be on the safe side.

The official guidelines for arriving at a Norwegian airport is:

  • 1 hour before the flight departs for domestic flights.
  • 1.5 hours before the flight departs for international travel.
  • 2 hours before the flight departs for package tours / holiday packages.

That said, each airline company is free to set their own suggested arrival time, so make sure to check the guidelines that will be in your ticket.

This might be useful in cases where you miss your flights, because you will likely loose your right to insurance if you arrive too late.

A SAS 373 at Bardufoss airport
A SAS 373 at Bardufoss airport. Photo by Siri Spjelkavik / CC BY-SA 2.0.

This post will be updated if there’s a change in the current airport situation later in the summer. So feel free to bookmark the article to come back and check before going to the airport.

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