A range of new international routes is expected from Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger and Trondheim during the course of the year.
Even though new regulations are complicating business travel in Norway, there is an increasing number of international routes for travellers in 2019.
Avinor, which manages over 40 airports in Norway, says that Norwegians can take advantage of 20 new routes abroad this year, from Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger and Trondheim.
However, this includes a switch by the low-cost carrier Norwegian to Corvera Airport, now officially known as the Región de Murcia International Airport, in southern Spain from all four of these cities, as Murcia-San Javier Airport closes.
The hottest new arrival is on a route where Norwegian cannot compete, as the Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines establishes a direct route between Beijing and Oslo this year with three weekly flights, although the exact start date is still not known, the Dagens Næringsliv newspaper reports.
Salmon and tourists
The news of the China route has been well received by the salmon industry as well as the tourist industry and is seen as a positive step towards normalised relations between Norway and China following the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.
“This is very good news for Norwegian tourism, business and tourism,” says Avinor’s communications manager Kristian Løksa.
“For Norway, the connections will be of great importance. Norway is the country in the Nordic countries with the highest number of Chinese tourists. This trend has developed very positively in recent years. So it is natural that such a large and recognised airline as Hainan wishes to open a direct connection to Oslo Airport.”
In 2017, Norwegians completed just over 11 million return journeys – about one trip abroad and one inland trip for every one of them, according to Avinor.
The new routes so far
Murcia, Spain, Norwegian, 19 June 2019
Edinburgh, UK, Loganair, 9 May 2019
Gazipasa, Turkey, SAS, 2 July 2019
London Luton, UK, Wizz Air, 1 July 2019
Madrid, Spain, Iberia, 1 June 2019
Milano Malpensa, Italy, SAS, 30 June 2019
Nice, France, SAS, 30 June 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel, Arkia-Israeli Airlines, 3 July 2019
Antalya, Turkey, SAS, 13 April 2019
Antalya, Turkey, SunExpress, 13 April 2019
Beijing, China, Hainan Airlines
Budapest, Hungary, Wizz Air, 5 April 2019
Murcia, Spain, Norwegian, 3 April 2019
Faro, Portugal, SAS, 28 June 2019
Gdansk, Poland, Wizz Air, 4 April 2019
Konya, Turkey, SunExpress, 13 June 2019
Krakow, Poland, Wizz Air, 16 September 2019
London Luton, UK, Wizz Air, 16 September 2019
Napoli, Italy, Norwegian, 17 June 2019
Murcia, Spain, Norwegian, 18 June 2019
Edinburgh, UK, Loganair, 10 May 2019
Gazipasa, Turkey, SAS, 4 July 2019
Milano Malpensa, Italy, SAS, 29 June 2019
Murcia, Spain, Norwegian, 22 June 2019