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KLM ups pressure on SAS in Norway

A new agreement with Widerøe means more KLM flights will be offered to Amsterdam from regional airports in Norway.

KLM has entered into a codeshare agreement with Widerøe, so that more of its flights can be offered to its Amsterdam hub from regional airports in Norway.

Widerøe, a regional airline that was a few years ago a wholly owned subsidiary of SAS, helps to tie the whole of Norway together with its network of routes across the country.

Recently, however, it has been forging its own path, entering into separate agreements with Norwegian to sell tickets starting with Widerøe and on to Norwegian, with Finnair to fly passengers direct to the Helsinki hub from Bergen and Tromsø on its new Embraer E190- E2 aircraft, and now KLM.

With the new agreement, Widerøe and KLM are adding pressure to SAS in the Norwegian market.

The deal between KLM and Widerøe includes a codeshare agreement, where KLM adds its route number to a number of flights from Bergen, Trondheim and Oslo, three of its gateways in Norway.

Overall, KLM has 21 daily departures from seven Norwegian airports to the major Schiphol hub in Amsterdam, the third largest in Europe.

The agreement will enter into force on March 5, after which KLM passengers will be able to find a larger number of Norwegian destinations on the grid network, increasing accessibility.

New connections
Cooperation initially involves 15 routes. It will be possible to fly by the KLM code to Bergen and then on to Tromsø, Bodø, Kristiansund, Molde, Ålesund and Florø. KLM also gets its code on flights to Trondheim from Tromsø, Kristiansund, and Harstad/Narvik.

Widerøe passengers can fly to Oslo on KLM route numbers from Florø, Ørsta / Volda, Leknes, Svolvær, Stokmarknes and Mo i Rana.

KLM is currently flying from Amsterdam Schiphol to Oslo Sandefjord-Torp, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, Kristiansand and Ålesund.

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