27 JANUARY 2014
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The first direct routes linking the two fastest growing regions in Norway – Stavanger and Northern Norway – started last week, operated by bmi Regional based at East Midlands Airport. The new flights mean Norwegians can now fly non-stop to Harstad/Narvik Airport (Evenes) and Tromsø – important hubs for the Norwegian oil and gas industry – without having to connect via Oslo. Similarly, new direct flights to Kristiansund and Gothenburg also commence today.
The introduction of the services has been widely welcomed by Norwegian city municipalities and the business community, as it represents the culmination of extensive work by industry and the public sector to achieve enhanced air connectivity between these key regional locations.
“The news that bmi regional is starting direct routes between Stavanger, Harstad, Tromsø, Kristiansund and Gothenburg is very progressive. The oil and gas industry is moving to the north of Norway, and it is of vital importance to have better route connections, which bmi Regional are delivering on today,” says Christine Sagen Helgø, Mayor of Stavanger.
bmi Regional has an 18-strong fleet of Embraer 135/145 series. It also serves Kristiansund from Aberdeen. www.bmiregional.com
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