Already operating a domestic route in Norway, DAT will use the same plane to attract Norwegian tourists to Billund.
Another new Scandinavian route is opening up this summer, this time between Billund in Denmark and Stord in southwestern Norway.
Danish Air Transport (DAT) will fly the route from June 28 to August 18, once a week between the capital of Legoland and Stord, south of Bergen.
The carrier already operates a domestic route in Norway between Stord and Oslo under the name Stordflyet.no, with two to three daily connections every day except Saturday on an ATR 42-500 turboprop.
As that aircraft does not fly on Saturdays, DAT has the opportunity to utilise the spare capacity for a weekend hop to Denmark.
It will fly from Stord every Friday at 17:00 with an arrival in Billund at 18:30, and the plane will return from Billund on Sundays at 14:00 with an arrival back in Stord at 15:30.
“There was a desire from the airport in Stord for a summer route to Billund, and since we at DAT have had great success with our summer routes to Bornholm we decided to accept the experiment,” Jesper Rungholm, director of DAT, tells Check-In.dk.
“Denmark has a big place in Norwegian hearts, and we believe that families would like to travel on a weekend trip to Denmark where they can experience, for example, Legoland in Billund.”
For Danes too
Jan Morten Myklebust, director of Stord Airport, adds: “It is gratifying that Stordflyet is taking new initiatives and in my opinion it is on the right path with this new weekend route.”
Rungholm also hopes that Danes can be enticed to travel in the other direction to experience southern Norway’s mountains, fjords and scenery.
DAT has been flying Stord-Oslo since 2009. Since 2014, this has been under the name Stordflyet in a collaboration with the local business community in Sunnhordland.