Posted on: 06 September 2013 by Mark Howells
bmi regional will launch the first scheduled services connecting Stavanger with Harstad and Tromsø in northern Norway in January 2014.
The announcement has been widely welcomed by Norwegian city municipalities and the business community, the airline reports, as the move represents the culmination of extensive work by industry and the public sector to achieve enhanced air connectivity between these key regional locations.
The news follows bmi regional’s launch of a direct, scheduled service between Kristiansund in Norway and Aberdeen in the UK. Both cities are key locations for oil and gas activity in the North Sea.
Ian Woodley, chairman, bmi regional, commented, “The launch of these domestic Norwegian routes is part of bmi regional's strategy of expanding into markets with compelling growth possibilities for our business model. We identified the Nordic region and, in particular, the oil and gas industry as one of the best opportunities. The solid data and documentation of the two region’s requirements, combined with the support of local government, businesses and the airports convinced the management at bmi regional to launch domestic flights in Norway.”