Scandinavia’s largest regional airline Widerøe will begin twice-weekly flights to Bergen in August and they are expected to be popular with Norwegian fans of English football. Tony McDonough reports
A new air route starting this summer will connect Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) with Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city.
The twice-weekly service, starting on August 17, will be a big boost for Scandinavian football fans who regularly attend Liverpool, Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United matches. Liverpool, in particular, is famous for its Norwegian fan base.
Flights will depart from LJLA on Mondays and Fridays and will be operated by Scandinavia’s largest regional airline Widerøe.
The carrier will use its 114-seat Embraer E190-E2 jet aircraft on the route, which will be the first time this new generation jet aircraft will have operated to a UK regional airport.
Bergen is the gateway to the Fjords, with this new direct service giving passengers across the North West the opportunity to either visit this popular city or the region’s beautiful fjordal area.
Seats are now on sale with fares starting from £69 one way (including taxes) and bookable on the wideroe.no website.
John Irving, chief executive of LJLA said: “The new twice-weekly service will provide passengers from across the North of England with a great way to visit the city of Bergen as well as access to the Fjords and the popular cruise market from there.
“It will also allow passengers from across Norway to visit Liverpool and the wider North West.”
Christian Skaug, commercial director for Widerøe, added “We are excited to bring travelers in both directions and to present the magnificent fjords of the western region of Norway.
“Potentially as a stopover to the rough far north with Midnight Sun and Northern Lights, Bergen offers a stunning diversity from cultural and historic experiences to an impressive scenery.
“In addition Widerøe in corporation with Finnair provides a fast and efficient gateway to the far East through through the Helsinki route.”