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Aviation trouble may affect safety

Accident Investigation Board/Norway fears that the internal trouble in Avinor and several airline companies may in a worst case scenario end with an accident.

Per Erik Bakke, leader of the aviation section of the Accident Investigation Board/Norway, said to the Norwegian television channel NRK that he is worried about aviation security.

«There is and has been a conflict between economy and safety,» Bakke said. «Cut backs here and cut backs there. When added, many small things may end in an accident.»

Bakke said that there are currently many things that happen in aviation all at once, like the joining of SAS and Braathens, in addition to the moving of the Civil Aviation Authority – Norway, and the plans of moving the air traffic control center from Røyken to Sola. The Civil Aviation Authority – Norway is currently operating with decreased capacity to prepare the move from Oslo to Bodø.

«We have to hope that everyone is conscious of the situation they are in, but I think the entire situation is unfortunate,» Bakke said.

Randi Flesland, director of Avinor, said that the many parallels and the tough readjustment process may look frightening, but she claimed that they had focused on making sure that it does affect aviation safety.

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