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​Avinor welcomes Widerøe’s widening network

Press Release   •   Dec 14, 2017 13:56 GMT

The breath-taking Norwegian Fjords will now be more accessible to visitors from Denmark, Germany and the UK following Avinor’s announcement that Widerøe will be adding four new international links from Bergen and Kristiansand next summer

Avinor’s Bergen and Kristiansand airports welcome Widerøe’s announcement to add five new links and further frequency increases on existing services during 2018, significantly expanding the gateways’ connectivity.

Following the recent confirmation of Widerøe’s domestic growth between Avinor’s Oslo, Namsos and Rørvik airports, the long-standing airline partner has now announced five new international links from Bergen and Kristiansand – arrival of the airline’s Embraer 190-E2s making the expansion possible. As of next summer, Bergen will launch three times weekly services to Billund (25 June), Hamburg (14 August) and Munich (13 August), while Kristiansand will welcome a four times weekly service to London Stansted (14 August).

“We’ve been working closely with Widerøe to invest in the future of Norway, our network of airports holds a significant attraction when considering new connections – we don’t offer just one airport, we offer a whole country!” explains Jasper Spruit, VP Traffic Development, Avinor. “The confirmed international expansion of our partner’s route network from Bergen and Kristiansand completely supports our focus to further develop tourism and business links across the whole Norway,” added Spruit.

Launching its first Danish and German connections from Bergen, Widerøe’s operations will expand the airport’s route map within these country markets as they join existing services to Berlin Schönefeld, Hamburg (launching June 2018) and Copenhagen. The Norwegian regional carrier has also confirmed a further weekly service to Gothenburg, the link to Sweden’s west coast to be offered twice-weekly as of 16 August 2018.

Significantly announcing Kristiansand’s first link to the UK, Widerøe’s new connection to London Stansted will mean the airline will offer seven international destinations from Southern Norway as of S18. At the same time, witnessing a demand for more domestic capacity, the carrier will also be increasing its existing services to Trondheim from daily up to three times daily, resulting in a notable 130% growth on this route.

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Avinor is responsible for the 45 state-owned airports and air navigation services for civilian and military aviation in Norway. This network links Norway together - and links Norway to the world.

Avinor is a driving force in environmental work in aviation and a driving force to reduce the combined greenhouse gas emissions from Norwegian aviation. The company has a leading role in the work on developing and delivering biofuel for aircraft. Every year Avinor contributes to safe and efficient travel for around 50 million airline passengers. Around half travel to and from Oslo airport.

More than 3,000 employees are responsible for planning, developing and operating airports and air navigation services. Avinor is funded by aviation fees and commercial sales at the airports.

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