Eastern Airways is set to launch two new direct services to Bergen from Aberdeen and Newcastle starting on October 5, 2009. The introduction of these latest routes by one the UK’s most punctual scheduled airlines demonstrates Eastern Airways’ commitment to further expanding services into Norway from the UK.
As Norway’s second largest city, Bergen is the latest addition to the airline’s network, which already includes frequent services to Oslo from Aberdeen and Stavanger from both Aberdeen and Newcastle.
From Aberdeen, the airline will operate a Monday to Friday service to Bergen, with flights taking off from Aberdeen at 8:40 am, arriving in Bergen at 11:10 am local time. Departures leave Bergen at 4:15 pm, landing in Aberdeen at 4:45 pm local time.
From Newcastle, Eastern Airways will also operate daily weekday services to Bergen, with flights leaving Newcastle at 10:30 am, arriving in Bergen at 1:35 pm local time. Services depart Bergen at 2:30 pm, arriving in Newcastle at 3:35 pm local time.
The Bergen timings offer convenient connections from Durham Tees Valley, Humberside, East Midlands, and Wick via Aberdeen. Passengers heading to Bergen from Birmingham, Cardiff, and Southampton can also connect onto Eastern Airways’ Newcastle service.
In addition, from October 4, extra early morning flights from Stavanger to Aberdeen will operate between Monday and Thursday, leaving Stavanger at 7:30 am and arriving in Aberdeen at 7:50 am local time. A new evening service will leave Aberdeen at 6:30 pm, arriving in Stavanger at 7:50 pm (Monday to Wednesday, departing Aberdeen at 3:00 pm and arriving in Stavanger at 5:20 pm on Sundays).
Newcastle will also benefit from an additional Sunday service to Stavanger, leaving Newcastle at 4:00 pm, arriving at 6:50 pm local time, and departing Stavanger at 7:30 pm and arriving in Newcastle (via Aberdeen) at 9:15 pm.
Chris Holliday, Eastern Airways’ chief operating officer, said: “The announcement of two new non-stop services to Bergen from Aberdeen and Newcastle clearly demonstrates our commitment to developing routes between the UK and Norway.
“Bergen is a key base for the global energy industry, and our services will benefit business travelers. Both services also provide a convenient link for leisure passengers taking short breaks in Norway, north east Scotland, and north east England.”
Bergen is recognized as the gateway to the world-famous fjords of Norway and has become one of Europe’s largest ports of call for cruise ships.
Bergen Airport Flesland is the main heliport for the Norwegian North Sea oil and gas industry, and as home to the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and the Royal Norwegian Navy, the city also plays a pivotal role in the maritime industry.
The airport is situated 12 miles south of Bergen and is less than half an hour from the city center.