Loganair will deploy small aircraft to year-round services between Edinburgh and both Bergen and Stavanger.
Loganair plans to double the number of routes it operates between Scotland and Norway in 2019 as it confirms year-round flights between the Scottish capital and both Bergen and Stavanger.
Having launched a non-stop, year-round operation between Inverness and Bergen this May, the Scottish carrier will introduce year-round services from Edinburgh to Bergen and Stavanger next summer.
Adding to an existing seasonal summer service from Sumburgh in the Shetland Isles to Norway’s second largest airport, the Norwegian airport operator Avinor says that Loganair’s decision to intensify its operations will result in over 17,000 seats being added to the market between Scotland and Norway next year.
Using a fleet of 37-seat Embraer ERJ 135s, Scotland’s biggest independent airline will begin a three times weekly operation between Bergen and Edinburgh from May 9. The same aircraft will be deployed on the Stavanger route four times weekly starting May 10.
“It’s fantastic to see Loganair going from strength to strength in the all-important market between Norway and Scotland, which includes the airline’s first operations to Stavanger,” comments Jasper Spruit, Avinor’s vice president for traffic development.
Demand for Scotland
Highlighting the growing demand for Edinburgh as a destination from Norway, Spruit states: “During the first six months of 2018, over 136,000 scheduled passengers have flown between Norway and Scotland, of whom 40% flew between Oslo and Edinburgh, currently the only non-stop link from Norway to the Scottish capital.”
An indication of Edinburgh growing as a popular destination from Norway is shown by the fact that during this period, passenger numbers to the city increased by 22.4% compared to the first six months of 2017, Spruit says.
“With that, it’s great to see Loganair expanding Edinburgh’s reach to Norway by adding flights to Bergen and Stavanger.”
The news means that a total of seven year-round services will be flown between Norway and Scotland in 2019. Along with the existing links from Oslo to Edinburgh and Bergen to Inverness, year-round services to Aberdeen are flown from Bergen, Oslo and Stavanger.
The routes to Norway are two of four Loganair revealed this week. A new service to Islay in the Inner Hebrides from Edinburgh will operate four times a week when it launches on March 25, before moving to daily in May.
A 34-seat Saab 340 will fly the Islay route – the Scottish capital’s first ever scheduled air link to the Inner Hebrides.
And a seasonal service to Guernsey in the Channel Islands will operate every Saturday from May 11 to September 14. Like Bergen and Stavanger, the airline’s newly acquired Embraers will fly this route.