Deeper cooperation between the two carriers has consequences for scenic Norway, for Asia – and for Billund.
Finnair has announced today that it is extending its cooperation with Norway-based regional carrier Widerøe and will add nine new destinations to its network in Norway.
Last autumn, Finnair in cooperation with Widerøe opened new routes between Helsinki and both Bergen and Tromsø. As of May 15, Widerøe has been operating Finnair’s Bergen and Tromsø flights from Helsinki on Finnair’s behalf.
Now the two airlines are expanding their alliance further, with the aim of directing ever-more traffic via Finnair’s Helsinki hub, notably to and from Asia.
Through the new codeshare, which extends Finnair’s reach to other parts of Norway, passengers will get better connections between the two countries, the Finnish flag carrier promises.
Finnair’s AY code will be added to a number of routes operated by Widerøe from Finnair’s current destinations in Norway, namely Oslo, Bergen and Tromsø.
From May 25, Finnair customers can connect with Widerøe flights from Oslo to Florø, Ørsta-Volda, Svolvær, Leknes and Stokmarknes; from Tromsø to Kirkenes and Stokmarknes; and from Bergen to Tromsø, Bodø, Kristiansund, Molde, Florø and to Billund in Denmark.
Lofoten to the world
“We are happy to extend our cooperation with Widerøe and connect more Norwegian regions to our network,” says Juha Järvinen, Finnair’s chief commercial officer.
“The new codeshares serve both our Asian and Finnish customers traveling to Norway, and our Norwegian customers who will now have more and smoother connections to our network of 19 Asian destinations, seven destinations in North America and over 100 destinations in Europe.”
Christian Skaug, commercial director of Widerøe: “The new cooperation with Finnair gives us a fantastic opportunity to strengthen both our own position and not least the Norwegian tourism industry. One of our most important focus areas is to bring Lofoten to the rest of the world, not to mention the northern lights, which are also very popular. Now that travellers can also book through Finnair, distribution will increase significantly.”