The new airline FlyViking, which has said it will compete with Widerøe, announced that it will be starting flights between Trondheim, Bodø and Tromsø. There are also plans for a flight to Murmansk.
– Today flying from Trondheim to Bodø or Tromsø is just as expensive as flying with Norwegian to Las Vegas. If we are unable to get enough passengers under those conditions, no one can, the man behind the new company, Ola Giæver, says to Adresseavisen. He has 33 years of experience as a pilot in Widerøe.
According to Giæver, the company will start their flights between Trondheim, Bodø and Tromsø this summer and eventually they will expand with flights to Alta, Kirkenes and Murmansk. The Airline-entrepreneur is convinced that there are enough interested interested customers to make flights to the northern Russian city, located about 100 kilometers from the border to Norway, profitable.
– Yes, the number of people travelling in that direction is considerable. Today you need to fly through Oslo and Moscow. It takes a long time and is very expensive, says Giæver said.
Initially, the company had only one aircraft. This is a Dash 8- 100 with space for 39 passengers. The plane, which is the same model as the smallest aircraft in Widerøes fleet, will be coming to Norway in May. The company has previously said that they will recoup 100 million kroner before they start their flights.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today