LONDON – The Norwegian regional airline Widerøe has announced a new twice-a-week service between the Norwegian second city of Begen and London Stansted Airport.
Returning to Stansted
The new route is due to commence on 26 March 2023, with increased frequency expected later in the year. It will offer travellers an additional option between Bergen and the UK capital without a stop in Oslo.
Simon Gorrighan, London Stansted’s Aviation Director, said in a press statement issued on 07 February 2023: “We’re delighted to welcome Widerøe to London Stansted, adding yet another new destination to our growing network and giving passengers even more choice when travelling from their local airport.
“This new route makes a beautiful region of Norway more accessible to UK travellers as well as being an important route for business, especially the energy industry in Norway and the East of England.”
The new flights will be hosted on the Norwegian carrier’s E190 aircraft and depart London Stansted at 18.40 on Fridays and 11.30 on Sundays with prices for one-way fares starting at 59 GBP.
The Stansted route is reported to replace the operator’s previous Heathrow route from Bergen. Widerøe’s Commercial Director, Christian Skaug, said:
“We are very pleased to be flying to London Stansted from 26th March and being able to maintain London as part of our route map. London Stansted has smooth and convenient connections to the City of London, which we know our customers will appreciate.”
The operator has had experience in Stansted operations with the last ceasing in 2020.
Widerøe has a wide-ranging domestic network, connecting most of Norway to its major cities and it has recently announced further network expansions across the UK and Europe as it looks to grow its international network.
Recently published data showed the airline had carried almost 270,000 passengers in January 2023 which was an increase in 25% compared to January the previous year.
Due to fellow Norwegian operator Flyr going into administration at the end of January 2023, Widerøe, and other carriers, are looking to fill the gaps left by the defunct operator.
Flyr previously operated various routes between Norway and the UK and Europe on its larger Boeing 737 aircraft.
Widerøe, based in Bodø, Norway, is the largest regional airline of the Nordic nations and operates a fleet of Embraer E190 and De Havilland Canada DHC-8 aircraft.
The carrier will have direct competition on the Bergen-London route from Norweign who operate its fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft into London Gatwick twice a day.