Once crowned the winner of best airport in Europe, Bergen failed to keep pace with rising demand and was soon known among passengers for all the wrong reasons. Now, with the opening of a new future-proofed terminal, the complex is flying high again as Gordon Smith reports.
In the airport industry, it can feel like hyperbole is commonplace. Statistics can be embellished, and metaphors stretched to the limit. Not so, however, on Norway’s southwestern coast, where the team at Bergen Airport literally moved a mountain as part of a radical overhaul of the site. The result is a new world-class facility – complete with a design that looks more like a scaleddown version of a global hub than a regional gateway.