Widerøe continues to grow in the face of pandemic and starts up two new direct routes from Bergen.
The pandemic has dramatically reduced the demand for flights on a number of routes. But it also opens new opportunities on routes previously served by larger aircraft types. Companies like Widerøe use a fleet of smaller aircraft, tailored for this demand. This enabled the company to start new flights to Alicante and other destinations.
With the introduction of three new jets in 2018, the company chose to invest in Bergen for both domestic and international travel. Even before Covid-19, the company saw that there was a potential in and out of Flesland by using the right size of aircraft. Where the Boeing 737 seats almost 200 passengers, the E2 with 110 seats and without the hated centre seat will be a better economical alternative.
New flights to Alicante and Faroe Islands
Since the introduction of new jets, Widerøe has been working to offer the air bridge between remotes parts of Norway. And now the company continues to grow in Bergen by offering routes to Alicante and the Faroe Islands starting on 3 and 4 September, respectively. Both routes have good further connections with other of Widerøe’s destinations on the way out. The route to Alicante will fly on Saturdays, using the E2 jet, and to the Faroe Islands (Torshavn) on Mondays and Fridays, using the Dash 8 Q400.
Constant growth in Bergen
Flesland has been able to point to record high transfer figures (passengers travelling further in/out of Bergen). Figures from Avinor for June show an increase of 42% compared to the same month before the pandemic (June 2019). Widerøe is mainly responsible for this growth. The goal is to continue and further develop the offer for Norwegians who want an alternative to Oslo Airport (OSL).
In addition to Bergen-Aberdeen, which Widerøe has flown throughout the pandemic, Widerøe started up with Bergen-London (LHR) on 18 June. First with twice weekly with plans to increase to six weekly departures in August. This route is also operated by Embraer E190-E2.