Nordic environmental ‘first’ for Olso Airport

Olso Airport's eight new electric buses entered service on August 18. (Avinor)

On August 18, Avinor Oslo Airport became the very first airport in the Nordic region to use electric buses to carry passengers between gates and aircraft.

Back in June 2018 the airport (IATA: OSL) received a grant of 16million kroner from the Norwegian Government to procure eight electric shuttle buses, all of which arrived on August 18.

All eight entered service the same day and, by 2026, the airport aims to have converted its entire fleet of airside passenger buses to battery powered models.

Avinor estimates that in a normal year, 1.2 million passengers travel by bus between the gates and aircraft at OSL.

Executive vice president of operations and infrastructure, Stine Westby Ramstad, commented: “This is a very important step to reduce the airport’s emissions of greenhouse gases and to reach our goal of becoming a fossil-free airport by 2030.

“It is very nice to present some positive news in these corona times. I am proud that we are the first airport in the Nordic region to have electric buses that will carry passengers between the gates and planes.”

The Dutch company VDL Bus & Coach delivered the 59ft (18m) buses, while the charging infrastructure was provided by the Dutch company Heliox.

Ms Westby thanked both the supplier companies and the government’s environmental department for their good cooperation and noted how the financial support had made it possible to introduce the environmentally friendly buses at a faster pace.

She explained: “Even though electric buses are more expensive than fossil driven buses, this is the right choice for the future. As more buses are put into production, we expect that it will be cheaper with an electric bus than with diesel.”