Tromsø’s first airport had no runway. Today we have direct flights to several European countries.

Tromsø’s first airport had no runway. Today we have direct flights to several European countries.

Helvetic's first flight to Tromsø, June 24th 2016
Helvetic’s first flight to Tromsø, June 24th 2016

The airport

Tromsø’s first airport was located on Skattøra from 1938 to 1975. The airport consisted of a hangar building and a small parking area for planes, but it had no runway and could only serve sea planes. After civilian use of the airport started, Tromsø got its first air connections to Kirkenes, Trondheim and Oslo.

In September 1964, the new airport of Tromsø was opened by Crown Prince Harald. On this link you can view a multimedia special in Norwegian language on the history of our airport, created on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

The airport has been experiencing an enormous passenger growth ever since it was opened. Two major upgrades in 1977 and 1997 were already too small once constructions were finished, and the next upgrade, scheduled to start once the extension of Norway’s main airport Gardermoen is completed in 2017, will likely suffer the same fate.

The old new terminal building from 1977 - also called "The Tromsø Banana"
The old new terminal building from 1977 – also called “The Tromsø Banana”

Without the airport, Tromsø would not have become the city it is today. Four years after the airport was opened, the parliament chose Tromsø as the seat of Northern Norway’s first university, a decision, that catalysed the development of Tromsø into the centre for research and education it is today,

In addition to a wide variety of domestic routes, we have direct connections to Alicante, Gran Canaria, London Gatwick, Luleå, Zürich (since June 24th) and Stockholm (since June 28th), in addition to charter tours to further destinations.

New routes

Since June 24th, Helvetic Airways operates weekly direct flights between Tromsø and Zürich until the end of August.

Since June 28th, SAS is operating direct flights between Tromsø and Stockholm, with 5 departures each week in July and August. After a short break, the route will resume during the Northern Lights season from October to March.

In the winter season, there will be another direct route to Switzerland, in addition to a direct route to Frankfurt starting November 26th, operated by Lufthansa.


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