MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Oslo Fornebu Airport (FBU), which also served Eastern Norway, is replaced by Gardermoen Airport (OSL) in 1998. 

FBU was officially opened on June 1, 1939, when a KLM DC-2 arrived from Amsterdam (AMS). However, Lufthansa (LH) had the honor of being the first airline to land at the airport, when a Junkers Ju-52 arrived on a test flight in September 1938.

The facility was then taken over by the German military during World War Two. This was until the state took over the running of the facility in 1946. Over the years the single-runway was extended on numerous occasions and new terminal buildings were constructed. However, it soon became clear that the airport would not be able to cope with the growing aviation market in Norway.

The check-in area of Fornebu Airport in 1960. Scandinavian Airline System (SAS) was one of the facility’s biggest operators. (Photo: SAS Scandinavian Airlines)

Gradual Move to Gardermoen


In 1972 all charter flights were moved from FBI to OSL. OSL opened its doors in 1912 as a military airfield. Talks began of building a new airport at five different locations: Askim, Ås, Nesodden, Hobøl or Hurum. But these plans were quickly rejected. It was then decided that OSL would become the new airport for Oslo. This was however met with controversy, owing to the inclement weather conditions due to the airfield’s high altitude.

Construction of the new airport began in earnest in August 1994. A new passenger terminal was built along with a new easterly facing runway. The last flight took off from FBU on the evening of October 7. 300 people then set about transporting 500 truckloads of equipment overnight to the new facility. The first flight from OSL was operated by Color Air (CL) the following morning.

Today OSL has two parallel runways (01L/19R and 01R/19L) and a single terminal with two piers. (Photo: Avinor Oslo lufthavn/Espen Solli, CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Featured image: Gardermoen started life as a military airfield in 1912. In 1972 all charter flights were moved to the airport from FBU. Then on October 8, 1998, the airport became the main facility serving Oslo. (Photo: ANBI, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)