Matthew Neville

North East and Norway reconnected with flights to Stavanger and Bergen from Newcastle International Airport

Today marks the long-awaited return of direct flights from Newcastle to Stavanger, as Loganair revives the popular services, reconnecting Brits with Norway.

This week will also see a brand-new route that further strengthens ties between the North East and Norway, with flights from Newcastle to Bergen set to take to the skies from May 21.

The service to Stavanger is said to be particularly significant for the North East’s energy sector which has close ties with Stavanger. The route to Stavanger will see four flights per week reinstated, these being on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

There is also a further show of confidence in the return of European travel from Newcastle Airport, with a brand-new route being introduced to Bergen, Norway’s second largest city. Flights will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays and will bring the city, often referred to as “the gateway to the fjords”, closer than ever to those in the North East.

Bergen is an “incredible hub for both culture and history, with a vibrant nightlife, juxtaposed with contemporary art museums, such as the KODE”. Similarly, Stavanger boasts white sandy beaches, and is home to some of Norway’s “top restaurants”.

Customers from Newcastle that wish to venture further and explore Northern Norway will also have the opportunity to connect easily via Loganair’s codeshare partnership with Norwegian regional airline, Widerøe.

Loganair’s UK sales manager, Greig White, said: “We know the business community have long awaited the return our route between Newcastle and Stavanger – its an important connection for the energy industry in both Northeast England and Stavanger and we are delighted to be able to bring it back after a pause during the pandemic.

“It’s even better still to be able to further strengthen ties between Newcastle and Norway, with the launch of our brand-new route to Bergen taking-off later this week.

Leon McQuaid, director of aviation development at Newcastle International Airport, added: “We have a strong working partnership with Loganair who have continued to invest at Newcastle International Airport and in the region, routes now include Stavanger and Bergen alongside the airline’s existing operations to Exeter, Newquay and Southampton.

“As well as having strong links to the oil and gas industry, both of these destinations in Norway offer passengers a gateway to the country’s great outdoors, surrounded by mountains and fjords and traditional towns to explore.”

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