Posted on: 12 November 2014 by Mark Howells
Bergen Air Transport is to launch a twice-weekly service from Sumburgh Airport in the Shetland Islands, north of Scotland, to Bergen, Norway, on 24 November using a 12-seat Beechcraft King Air B200.
The new service hopes to capitalise on established trade links between Shetland and Norway, particularly in the energy and marine sectors. Bergen, situated on the west coast of Norway, is a major hub for oil and gas, maritime activities and marine industries, including seafood and fish farming.
The new service is being supported by funding of £70,470 from economic development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). In early 2014, HIE and Bergen Air Transport consulted Shetland businesses and received a positive response regarding potential use of the service.
With flights operating on Mondays and Thursdays, the service is also designed to enable extended weekend leisure breaks.