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Moss Airport, Rygge

Moss Airport, Rygge (Moss lufthavn, Rygge) is an international airport in Rygge, Norway that opened October 8, 2007. The airport is planned to serve as a regional airport for Østfold as well as an international airport for low cost airlines and as a secondary airport for Oslo. The airport is located 60 km from Oslo and is owned and operated by Rygge sivile lufthavn and is colocated with Rygge Air Station, operated by the Royal Norwegian Air Force, who also own the land and runway.

Operation

As of August 2007 the airport has signed operating agreements with Norwegian Air Shuttle for 1 domestic and 13 international routes, in addition to two charter flights per week from other operators (one weekly Iberworld flight to Gran Canaria and a one weekly departure to the Canary Islands shared by tour operators Apollo, Ving and Star Tour for the coming winter season).

Despite that the airport has a capacity of 2 million passengers per year, the airlines Ryanair and Scandinavian Airlines have announced that they will not fly to Rygge. The airport has signed agreements with Norport Handling for airport handling services.

The airport has further announced that they plan to expand the airport from 7 to 14 gates and that they estimate in excess of 1.5 million passengers in 2008, more passengers than Sandefjord Airport, Torp had in 2006. The airport is one of two private, commercial airports around Oslo, along with Sandefjord Airport. More than 90% of the air traffic to Eastern Norway goes via Oslo Airport, Gardermoen.

Airlines and destinations

Iberworld was the first airline to start operations on Rygge. Norwegian started their first route on February 14th 2008. Widerøe started their Copenhagen route in March 2008.

Domestic

  • Norwegian Air Shuttle (Bergen, Bodø [starts October 30, 2008], Stavanger [starts October 30, 2008], Tromsø [starts October 30, 2008], Trondheim [starts October 30, 2008]),

International

  • Norwegian Air Shuttle (Alicante, Antalya, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin-Schönefeld [starts October 28, 2008], Bordeaux, Budapest, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökcen, Málaga, Palanga, Pristina, Sarajevo, Szczecin, Valencia, Zurich)

Charter

History

The first plans for a civil airport at Rygge were initiated in 1999 when the company Rygge sivile lufthavn AS was created. The idea was to utilize the military air station to create a regional airport for Østfold that also could serve charter and low-fare airline, much like Sandefjord Airport on the other side of Oslo Fjord had done. The company signed agreements with the Air Force and received permission from the Government of Norway in 2004, when construction started. The first Norwegian Air Shuttle plane took off at the 14th of February 2008 heading for Budapest.

Originally Københavns Lufthavne was one of the owners, but sold their share in 2004. The owners are Thon Group (40%), Orkla Group (20%), Borregaard (20%), Østfold county administration (11%) and Østfold Energi (9%).

Ground transport

  • There are trains from the Rygge Railway Station on the Østfoldbanen to Oslo, Moss, Sarpsborg, Halden etc. The station is located 4 km from the airport terminal and there are free buses between. Transfer at Oslo S possible to Gardermoen and Torp airports. The trains depart almost every hour, and need 50 minutes. The buses go 15 minutes before the trains.
  • There are direct buses from Oslo to Rygge Airport. They need about 70 minutes, and go almost every hour.
  • The airport is located right next to European route E6.

Driving distances

  • Moss is 8 km west. It takes about 15-20 minutes from the centre of town.
  • Oslo is 63 km north. It takes about 50 minutes to drive (toll road).
  • Oslo Airport, Gardermoen is 110 km north. It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to drive (toll road).
  • Sandefjord Airport, Torp is 51 km west. It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to drive due to crossing the Oslo Fjord on a ferry. To drive through the Oslofjordtunnel will take almost 2 hours for 150 km distance.
  • Fredrikstad/Sarpsborg is appr. 15 km south-southwest. It takes 20 minutes to reach the city centre of Sarpsborg, and roughly 15 more minutes to get to the city centre of Fredrikstad.

References

External links

  • http://www.en.ryg.no/ Moss Airport Rygge

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