After this year’s success with turnaround operations in Northern Norway, Spanish cruise line Pullmantur has decided to repeat the operations in the northernmost part of Europe.
Port of Narvik has already received bookings for three turnaround operations in 2016, meaning 11,000 passengers will go on cruises and fly via Evenes Airport. As wide-body aircraft can land at this airport, it has the capacity to handle jumbo jets, which is one of the aircraft types that Pullmantur charters for these operations. Given the success of this year’s three turnaround operations, Cruise Narvik has taken the plunge to start defining itself as a fully worthy turnaround port.
“We have already started to market ourselves as that. The cruise market is large, but at the same time small and easy to follow when it comes to cruise lines, agents and agencies. People have noticed that we have delivered well this year and we want to continue the positive effect by striking while the iron is hot,” says Grethe Parker from Cruise Narvik.
With respect to Lakselv, it remains unclear whether the much discussed SeaWalk floating pier solution will be financed and hence delivered.
However, there are strong indications that turnaround operations in Lakselv will be performed regardless of this. A turnaround operation was successfully implemented in 2015 without the SeaWalk, but according to what CNNS has heard efforts are underway to get this in place well ahead of the 2016 season.