UK-based airline, bmi regional, has said that it has doubled its capacity on the Aberdeen to Oslo route as the airline seeks to provide better connectivity for the oil and gas industry on both sides of the North Sea.
The airline’s scheduled service was launched in October last year as a single daily flight, Sunday to Friday. Effective from February 3, bmi regional will operate two flights a day, Monday to Thursday, with single daily flights continuing on Sundays and Fridays.
The addition of morning and evening flights four days a week will enable business travellers to spend a day in either city and will also increase inbound leisure traffic to the North-east of Scotland, the airport said.
Cathal O’Connell, chief executive of bmi regional, said: ‘When we launched our Aberdeen to Oslo service last year we committed to increasing the frequency if demand required it and we are now delivering on that promise.
The support of businesses at both ends of the route has exceeded our expectations and we are now responding to feedback from our customers by delivering additional frequency. Increasing the number of flights to two a day demonstrates our commitment to providing connections that support the strong economy in the North-east of Scotland, the oil and gas industry, and businesses in Scotland and Norway.’
The Scandinavian oil and gas industry is a key market for bmi regional, as it launched a direct service from Aberdeen to Kristiansund in August 2013, and started flights between Stavanger and Harstad/Narvik (Evenes) and Tromso in the north of Norway, Kristiansund and Gothenburg in Sweden, in January.
Claimed to be the UK’s most punctual airline for the past eight years, bmi regional operates 300 flights a week to 21 destinations across the UK and Europe.