LONDON – All traffic to and from Sola and Flesland on January 30 was halted due to technical reasons.
The control tower on Sola was damaged by the storm, but an hour and a half later, the problems were solved.
Avinor was notified a little over 13:00 about a network problem at the control center at Sola.
This meant that the airspace in Western Norway was closed and all traffic in and out of Sola and Flesland was halted.
The control tower of Sola was damaged by a storm Saturday evening, and on Sunday the airports in Stavanger and Bergen were closed to all traffic.
Avinor states that the network problems at the control center in Sola have been reopened, but some delays were to be expected, Avinor writes in a press release.
The strong winds in southern Norway led to very difficult landing situations at several airports. The airports in Aalesund, Bergen, Haugesund and Stavanger, in particular, were affected.
At its peak, the wind gusts reached a top speed of 122 km/h (75.8 mph/65.9 kts) were measured at Flesland Airport. At Sola, the wind was strong enough to damage the control tower.
A total of six Norwegian aircraft with destination Vestland (the county around Bergen) failed to land and had to be diverted to Oslo Gardermoen.
Those six were:
- DY9031 Las Palmas to Ålesund
- DY1835 Alicante to Stavanger
- DY1837 Las Palmas to Stavanger
- DY9171 Las Palmas to Bergen
- DY1839 Las Palmas to Bergen
- DY9029 Las Palmas to Haugesund
In addition, a SAS flight from Oslo to Stavanger had to turn around and an evening flight to Bergen was canceled.