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Widerøe doubles international routes from Bergen

In a single week, Liverpool, Munich and Hamburg have joined Billund, which launched in June, Aberdeen and Gothenburg.

The Scandinavian regional airline Widerøe has launched new routes to the UK and Germany from Bergen, doubling the number of international routes from the Norwegian fjord city.

It inaugurated a route to Hamburg on August 14, which is being flown with the airline’s E190-E2s three times a week.

The day before that, it began a three times weekly link to Munich and, from August 10, a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service to Liverpool (LPL), complementing the carrier’s existing UK service to Aberdeen.

All these new routes are being operated with the airline’s recently acquired E190-E2s, of which it currently has two.

No other operators currently offer scheduled flights between Bergen and either Liverpool or Munich, according to air travel news site anna.aero.

Besides Liverpool, Munich and Hamburg, the carrier flies from Bergen to Billund, which launched in June, plus Aberdeen and Gothenburg, according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.

Liverpool firsts
With the start of the Liverpool service Widerøe is the first ever airline to launch an E190-E2 service to the UK. The airline is informing UK travellers that connections are available via Bergen to other cities further east including Oslo and Helsinki.

The only non-stop service between Liverpool and Scandinavia, it has schedules designed to allow British passengers to escape to the fjords for a break, while in the other direction the service is likely to prove popular with Scandinavian Premier League football fans.

Liverpool is the 12th airport in the UK with direct flights to and from Norway this summer, joining London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports, Manchester, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and both Kirkwall and Sumburgh in the Scottish islands.

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