It will be the first year-round link between the two cities, as coastal Gdansk becomes “a very popular destination for Norwegians”.
Wizz Air will launch direct flights between Bodø Airport in northern Norway and Gdansk in northern Poland with two weekly departures from May 22, providing about 19,000 seats on the route each year.
The airport operator Avinor claims that the route has “taken high priority” for many years, and “Nordland natives can now look forward to a direct route to one of Poland’s most beautiful cities”.
The route will be operated by an Airbus A320 with 180 seats and is the 10th route launched by the Hungarian carrier direct to Gdansk from Norway.
The new connection will potentially have a major impact on both business and tourism in the region, Avinor says.
“This route will demonstrate our potential to increase international traffic,” says Finn Ove Hofstad, director of Bodø Airport. “By supporting this direct route, we will be in the best possible position to enable further growth and development to and from Bodø and Nordland.”
Hofstad adds: “This is an important route for both economic migrants to Nordland and tourism in both countries. We are seeing an increasing number of tourists visiting from Poland, which means that good travel connections are crucial for Norwegian industry and tourism.”
The sixth largest city in Poland, coastal Gdansk is “a very popular destination for Norwegians”, he says, with “great shopping, a charming old town and a rich history. It is also close to the neighbouring town of Sopot, a renowned seaside resort.”
Wizz Air describes Bodø as “the northernmost point of the beautiful Kystriksveien Coastal Route” and “the Sea Eagle Capital, as the islands around the city support the world’s densest concentration of white-tailed sea eagles”, with adventures like kayaking or golfing under the midnight sun.
Wizz Air’s first flight took off from Poland in May 2004 and since then it has expanded its operations to carry over 66 million passengers on its Polish routes.
In 2018, over 9 million passengers flew Wizz to and from Poland, 14% more than in the previous year.
Speaking at a press conference in Gdansk, Jozsef Varadi, the airline’s chief executive, said: “We are adding to our 146 destinations in our network by connecting Gdansk with beautiful Bodø in Norway.”
Meanwhile, Wizz also announced two new services from Castellón in Spain to Budapest and Katowice, plus two new routes from Kyiv to Athens and Thessaloniki.