Government Extends Widerøe, SAS, and Norwegian Airline Agreement

Widerøe 190 E-2Widerøe 190 E-2.Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix

The minimum supply of airline flights for Norway is extended throughout the year. The agreement holds a price tag of almost NOK 190 million.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has renewed its agreements with Widerøe, SAS, and Norwegian, which began 25 March.

– Since March, it has been important for the government to ensure an adequate supply of flights throughout the country. There are long distances in Norway, and for many, aircraft are to be considered collective transit. By extending the governments purchase of a minimum supply, we ensure that people get to hospitals and jobs when flying is the only option, says Minister of Transport Knut Arild Hareide (KrF).

The Ministry’s goal is that the routes should be operational on a commercial basis. Five routes will be cut from the flight route purchase, including Tromsø-Oslo, Bodø-Oslo, Harstad /Narvik-Oslo, Ålesund-Oslo, and Kristiansand-Oslo.

The offer for Vesterålen is strengthened, and the daily departures are increased from two to three between Stokmarknes and Bodø due to the need for patient travel between Vesterålen and the hospitals in Bodø and Tromsø.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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