Scottish carrier Loganair is to start year-round services from Edinburgh to the Norwegian cities of Bergen and Stavanger – doubling the number of routes it operates between Scotland and Norway in 2019.
Having launched a successful non-stop, year-round operation between Inverness and Bergen in May 2018, Loganair will introduce year-round services to Edinburgh from Bergen and Stavanger in summer 2019.
Loganair’s decision to increase its operations will result in over 17,000 seats being added to the market between Scotland and Norway next year.
Using its fleet of 37-seat Embraer ERJ 135s, Loganair will begin a three-weekly rotation between Bergen and Edinburgh from 9 May, while the same aircraft will be deployed on the route from Stavanger to the Scottish capital, with a four times weekly operation on the latter city pair starting from 10 May.
Avinor, the airport operator of Bergen and Stavanger, said during the first six months of 2018, over 136,000 scheduled passengers have flown between Norway and Scotland, of which 40 per cent flew between Oslo and Edinburgh, currently the only non-stop link from Norway to the Scottish capital.
On the back of this development, a total of seven year-round services will be flown between Norway and Scotland in 2019. Along with the existing links from Oslo to Edinburgh and Bergen to Inverness, current year-round services to Aberdeen are flown from Bergen, Oslo and Stavanger.
Loganair has also added a year-round route from Edinburgh to the island of Islay; and a seasonal link between Edinburgh and Guernsey.
A 34-seat Saab 340 will fly the Edinburgh to Islay route daily from 25 March – the capital city’s first ever scheduled air link to the Inner Hebrides. Loganair will operate an ERJ 135 to Guernsey, operating on Saturdays from 11 May to 14 September.
In addition to the new routes for next year Loganair also plans to increase the frequency of flights between Edinburgh and the Isle of Man, adding an extra service on Wednesdays throughout the summer, plus a Saturday flight during the iconic TT race weeks in May and June.
Loganair managing director, Jonathan Hinkles said the carrier expects to make more additions to its 2019 summer network in the coming months.