Harstad Narvik Airport Facts
Harstad/Narvik Airport, Evenes is an international airport located in Evenes, Norway, serving the towns of Harstad and Narvik. It is co-located with Evenes Air Station of the Royal Norwegian Air Force. The civilian sector is owned and operated by the state-owned Avinor and handled 654,977 passengers in 2013. Evenes has a 2,808-meter runway, a parallel taxiway and a terminal with five gates.
The airlines with daily scheduled services are Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Widerøe. Destinations with daily services are Oslo, Bodø, Tromsø and Andenes. Evenes is the only primary airport in Central Hålogaland and its catchment area for Oslo-bound flights includes Lofoten and Vesterålen.
Seaplane services to Harstad and Narvik started in 1935. Planning of an airport started in 1950s. Several locations were considered, including building separate airports for each town. Consensus for Evenes was reached in the mid-1960s, but construction was postponed to prioritize local airports, which resulted in Narvik also receiving Narvik Airport, Framnes.
Evenes opened on 30 June 1973, initially with a 1,600-meter runway. It was extended in 1977, after the military decided to establish the air station. SAS Commuter served Harstad/Narvik from 1990 to 2002, and from 1994 competition was introduced on the Oslo route with the entry of Braathens SAFE. Norwegian started services in 2003 and launched international scheduled services from 2013.