Widerøe will limit the offer on several of the carrier’s short-haul routes from 1st October. The reason is the drop in demand as a result of the current pandemic.
The affected destinations are Skagen, Vadsø, Kirkenes, Florø and Hovden,” says the airline in a press release.
“Widerøe is not satisfied with the routes offered to the destinations concerned as a result of the adjustments we now have to undertake. Regrettably, we have no other option and must adapt to the prevailing conditions and demand,” explains Christian Skaug, Widerøe’s commercial director.
The airline claims that for several years it has struggled with the profitability of short-haul commercial routes and the situation is now deteriorating because of the effects that COVID-19 has had on the
Skaug reports that the company cannot maintain these routes without the support of the government once the Ministry of Transport’s acquisition of a minimum bid on the short-haul routes that are to expire in October. The tax concessions for the aviation industry also last until the 31st of October.
However, the tender routes which the carrier flies on behalf of the Ministry of Transport and Communications are not affected by the route modifications.
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