Airport operator Avinor says Bergen has “the largest number of Liverpool supporters in Scandinavia”.
Norway’s Bergen Airport has announced a new connection to the UK, as Widerøe confirms the launch of a twice-weekly service to Liverpool.
The carrier says it will be kicking off the new direct flights between Norway’s second-busiest airport and Liverpool, home to two of the world’s most famous football teams, Liverpool and Everton, on August 17.
It is Scandinavia’s first connection to Liverpool, according to Norwegian airport operator Avinor, which the regional carrier will operate by utilising its fleet of new 114-seat E190-E2s. It currently has two of these planes with one on order.
“Announcing Widerøe’s fifth new route from Bergen this year is testament to the confidence our partner has in the growing popularity of our region,” enthuses Jasper Spruit, vice president for traffic development at Avinor.
“Indeed, this route will be the first Scandinavian connection to a significant number of energy businesses located in the UK maritime city.”
He continues: “Scandinavians are great lovers of football, so it feels like we’re winning the World Cup by being able to offer supporters a direct link to the home of two of their favourite teams. In fact, I understand Bergen holds the largest number of Liverpool supporters in Scandinavia.”
Liverpool will be Widerøe’s 19th route from Bergen. Further establishing the UK’s position as the Norwegian gateway’s fifth largest country market, it is the 10th link to the UK from Norway’s southwestern coastal city. With the new flights, Bergen will be offering close to 4,000 weekly seats to the UK.
Avinor also points out that, as the first service to be operated to a UK regional airport with Widerøe’s new-generation aircraft, the move will “aid in continuing its sustainability goals and a further reduction of its environmental footprint”.