|Founded||1 July 1947 (as Luftfartsverket)
1 January 2003 (as Avinor)
|Key people||Dag Falk-Petersen (CEO)
Ola Mørkved Rinnan (Chairman)
|Parent||Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications|
Avinor AS is a state-owned limited company that operates most of the civil airports in Norway. The Norwegian state, via the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications, controls 100 percent of the share capital. Avinor was created on 1 January 2003, by the privatization of the Norwegian Civil Aviation Administration known as Luftfartsverket. Its head office is in Bjørvika, Oslo, located on the seaside of Oslo Central Station.
Avinor owns and operates 46 airports in Norway, fourteen in association with the Royal Norwegian Air Force, and is responsible for air traffic control services in Norway. In addition to the 46 airports, it operates three Area Control Centers: Bodø Air Traffic Control Center, Stavanger Air Traffic Control Center and Oslo ATCC.
As of 2010[update], the Chief Executive Officer was Sverre Quale who has been in the job since 18 April 2006. He was the former head of the Norwegian Accident Investigation Board. As of 2011, Sverre Quale has been employed as the Chief Executive at Multiconsult. His replacement, Dag Falk-Petersen, has served as CEO of CHC Helicopters. Avinor has about 2,400 employees, including air traffic control, air navigation services, rescue, maintenance, administration and other airport operations personnel.
On 1 July 1947, the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communication created the Aviation Directorate (Luftfartsdirektoratet) to take over the responsibility for the civilian airports in Norway. Until then it had been the Norwegian Ministry of Defence who held responsibility for operating the airports, including the civilian sections. This responsibility had been delegated to the Aviation Council (Luftfartsrådet) within the ministry. The first director was Einar Bøe (1947–1964), followed by Erik Willoch (1964–1989), Ove Liavaag (1989–2000), Randi Flesland (2000–2005), Sverre Quale (2006–2010) and Dag Falk-Petersen (2011-).
The organisation changed name its to Luftfartsverket in 1967. In 1997, Oslo Airport, Fornebu and the then under construction Oslo Airport, Gardermoen, where merged into a separate subsidiary, Oslo Lufthavn AS. This company still operates Oslo Airport, Gardermoen. On 14 December 2005, CEO Randi Flesland resigned after an ongoing dispute with employees. She was temporarily replaced by Nic. Nilsen until Sverre Quale took over.