A twice-weekly connection between Liverpool and Bergen, Norway, will be reinstated from next summer, having ceased during the coronavirus pandemic.
Scandinavia’s largest regional airline, Widerøe, has announced it will return to operate flights from Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
It last operated from Liverpool in 2020, with the previous service to Bergen halted due to the pandemic. The airline’s return next year is expected to be three years since the last operation from Liverpool.
Widerøe will become the third new airline to begin operations from Liverpool since COVID travel restrictions were lifted, as the airport continues its recovery from the impacts of the pandemic, following airlines Lufthansa and PLAY which launched services from Liverpool for the first time earlier this year. .
Flights between Liverpool and Bergen will operate again on Fridays and Mondays and will be ideal for weekend breaks in Norway’s second largest city and the gateway to the Norwegian fjords.
It is also expected to become popular again with Norwegian football fans who come to watch Liverpool, Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United games during the football season.
Liverpool will be Widerøe’s second UK operation, with its only other UK flights currently serving London Heathrow, and will see Norway become the 25th European country to be linked with direct routes from Liverpool.
The new service will begin on March 31, 2023, using the airline’s 110-seat Embraer E190-E2 jet.
Paul Winfield, Director of Aviation Development for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, said: “Today’s announcement demonstrates the confidence airlines now have in the opportunities available to them to Liverpool and we are delighted to welcome Scandinavia’s largest regional airline, Widerøe, back to Liverpool.
“Their twice-weekly service will again offer passengers from across the North West a great way to see the city of Bergen as well as access to the fjords and popular cruise market from there.
“It will also allow passengers from all over Norway to visit Liverpool and the wider North West.”
Christian Skaug, commercial director of Widerøe, said: “After two difficult years with severe restrictions on international travel, we are extremely happy to share the news of our return to Liverpool.
“We have high hopes for this route, both for travelers from Norway to Liverpool and for ‘Merseysiders’ to experience more of Norway and Bergen. The route is tailor-made for excellent connections to the famous fjords Norwegians and the breathtaking landscapes of the north.”