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Avinor AS
TypeState owned
IndustryAirport operator
Founded1 July 1947 (as Luftfartsverket)
1 January 2003 (as Avinor)
HeadquartersOslo, Norway
Area served
Key people
Abraham Foss (CEO)
Ola Mørkved Rinnan (Chairman)
RevenueIncrease NOK 7,871 million (2010)
NOK 1745 million (2010)
Number of employees
ParentNorwegian 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.[1]

Avinor owns and operates 44 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 44 airports, it operates three Area Control Centers: Bodø Air Traffic Control Center, Stavanger Air Traffic Control Center and Oslo ATCC.

As of 2010, the chief executive officer was Sverre Quale who has been in the job since 18 April 2006. He was previously the 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. In February 2021, Abraham Foss took on the role of CEO of the company. Avinor has about 3000 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 the Norwegian Ministry of Defence was responsible for operating airports, including the civilian ones. 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),[2] Dag Falk-Petersen (2011-2021) and Abraham Foss (2021-).

The organisation changed its name to Luftfartsverket in 1967.[3] 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.


Avinor receives the Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame™ at the 2017 Palladium Positive Impact Summit.
  • Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame for Executing Strategy™ (class of 2016)[4]


  1. ^ "Contact us Archived May 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine." Avinor. Retrieved on 9 March 2010.
  2. ^ Malmø, Morten (1947). Norge på vingene. Oslo: Andante Forlag. p. 45. ISBN 82-91056-13-7.
  3. ^ Malmø, Morten (1947). Norge på vingene. Oslo: Andante Forlag. p. 50. ISBN 82-91056-13-7.
  4. ^ "Palladium - Awards Program". www.thepalladiumgroup.com. Archived from the original on 2018-02-18. Retrieved 2018-02-17.

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