Traffic growth at the airport is so big that Oslo Airport (OSL), Avinor and the Ministry soon will occupy space for a third runway. The construction of a new terminal is already in full swing.
It is not known when the construction of a third runway will start, but it is becoming more and more of an issue. It has earlier been stated that it won't happen until 2030, but with the trafficgrowt at OSL, it might come sooner. The case is now out for public consultation - and preliminary decision applies only to earmark land.
The airport wants a third runway especially during snowing condition. It wants to have 2 runways open at all times and have a third under continues snowplouging.
OSL wants a third runway to the east, but alot of people living there is needless to say not happy about it.
Building at OSL is already huge and will increase even more. The extension of the terminal in the same shape and style as the current terminal building will house new arrival and departure hall with 34 new check-in counters and new luggage handling facilities. Planned to be completed in 2017.
In the spring they will start to dig and build, 300-meter-long Pir North, which will shoot out from the current terminal in the northern direction and make room for 17 new aircraft parking, including 11 with "bridges".
There will be new shops and restaurant facilities and the airport train station is also undergoing a rewamp.
OSL has already reached it's max capacity of 23 million passengers. With the new builds that will be ready in 2017, it will have a capacity of 28 million passengers. OSL will possibly go passed CPH very soon as the airport in Scandinavia with the largest passenger number.
Translated excerpts from Norwegian article ( Check out map of possible runway solutions )
The question now is, if the buildingprosess is fast enough ... Things move slow here .... By 2017 they will proabably have to start all over again and continue expanding ...