British Airways launches inaugural winter flights to Tromso, Norway

British Airways has announced the commencement of its first-ever winter flights to Tromso, Norway, set to take off from December 1, 2024. The addition marks a significant milestone, with Tromso becoming British Airways’ northernmost destination worldwide.

Situated within the Arctic Circle, Tromso offers travellers a unique opportunity to experience the captivating beauty of the northern lights, thanks to its prime location within the aurora borealis oval.

With average winter temperatures ranging from 0-degreeC to -5-degreeC, the city provides an ideal setting for a wide range of cold-weather activities, including skiing, mountaineering, and whale watching.

In addition to its natural wonders, Tromso boasts vibrant Christmas markets and iconic seasonal displays, making it a sought-after destination for holiday enthusiasts. The city’s main square, Stortorget, hosts a picturesque market and a stunning Christmas tree, creating a magical atmosphere for visitors.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Chief Planning and Strategy Officer, said: ‘Those who missed the northern lights in the UK need not worry! We are excited to welcome Tromso to our route network – it is a growing winter leisure market thanks to its abundance of cold-weather activities and we’ll be the only premium carrier operating there from the UK. We’ve optimised the schedule for three- and four-night trips, which we know are perfect for a destination like this.’

British Airways offers flights departing from London Heathrow twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays.

British Airways Holidays offers a range of holiday packages to Tromso, starting from £379 per person for a three-night stay at the Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso in January 2025. Packages include economy-class return flights from London Heathrow, a 23kg baggage allowance per person, and flexible payment options.

Return flights to Tromso are available for booking, with fares starting from £153. Customers can also transport skiing or snowboarding equipment as part of their checked baggage, provided it meets specified dimensions.

Bookings and more information is available at the British Airways website, and Jet2CityBreaks introduce new Norway and Fjords programme and Jet2CityBreaks have recently announced the launch of their new programme of flights and city breaks to Bergen, Norway from Manchester Airport and Newcastle International Airport.

This marks Jet2’s return to Bergen after more than 15 years, offering customers a unique opportunity to explore Norway’s famous Fjords. In response to increasing demand for discovery-based experience holidays, and Jet2CityBreaks are expanding their programme to Bergen with new flights and city breaks operating from Leeds Bradford Airport and Birmingham Airport in May.

In addition to access to stunning Fjords like Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord, Bergen boasts a picturesque harbour, fashionable restaurants, and bars, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bryggen.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to see our new programme of flights and city breaks to Bergen start operating from Manchester Airport and Newcastle International Airport. We also look forward to seeing our first flights depart from Leeds Bradford Airport and Birmingham Airport in the coming weeks. The addition of flights and packages to this jaw-dropping destination for Spring 24 gives customers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the beauty of the Fjords. Bergen is a stunning and vibrant city with something around every corner, and we expect this new programme to be extremely popular.’

Stein Ove Rolland, CEO of Fjord Norway, said: ‘We are experiencing a steadily increasing interest among Brits who seek to experience the iconic Norwegian fjord landscape. With refreshing nature experiences and strong contrasts, and a region rich in culture, history and cities with small town charm, Fjord Norway has become an attractive destination for British people. Jet2 has now made it very easy to travel directly to Bergen, right in the heart of the Norwegian fjords.’

Customers can choose from flight-only options with or package holidays with Jet2CityBreaks, part of the ‘Discover More’ product range designed for adventurous holidaymakers.

Discover More packages to Bergen include flights with, 22kg hold luggage, accommodation, and ATOL protection, available for a £60 per person deposit. Packages also include a full-day tour featuring a boat trip along the Fjords and a mountain railway journey.

Newcastle Airport announces direct flights to Stavanger and Bergen

Newcastle Airport has announced the return of direct flights to Stavanger, as Loganair revives the popular services, reconnecting Brits with Norway.

In addition, a brand-new route is set to commence operation on Saturday, 21 May with flights from Newcastle to Bergen, which will further strengthens ties between the Northeast and Fjord Norway.

The service to Stavanger was relaunched following a pause during the pandemic. The route to Stavanger will see four flights per week reinstated ensuring flexibility for both business and leisure travellers, taking-off Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. As European travel resumes at Newcastle Airport, Loganiar has introduced a brand-new route to Bergen, Norway’s second largest city. Flights will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays and will bring the city, called ‘the gateway to the fjords’, closer than ever to those in the Northeast.

Fares to Stavanger and Bergen start at £100.94, this includes a 15kg hold luggage allowance and a mandatory carbon offset charge as part of Loganair’s sustainable flying programme – GreenSkies. Reservations for Loganair’s newly launched service between Stavanger and Bergen, and Newcastle Airport can be made at

Loganair’s Sales Manager UK, Greig White, said: ‘We know the business community have long awaited the return our route between Newcastle and Stavanger – it’s an important connection for the energy industry in both Northeast England and Stavanger and we are delighted to be able to bring it back after a pause during the pandemic.

‘It’s even better still to be able to further strengthen ties between Newcastle and Norway, with the launch of our brand-new route to Bergen taking-off later this week. We’ve been working hard with the travel trade across the Northeast to showcase just some of the amazing leisure opportunities available Bergen – it really is a spectacular part of the world and now more accessible than ever.’

Leon McQuaid, Director of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘We have a strong working partnership with Loganair who have continued to invest at Newcastle International Airport and in the region, routes now include Stavanger and Bergen alongside the airline’s existing operations to Exeter, Newquay and Southampton.

‘As well as having strong links to the oil and gas industry, both of these destinations in Norway offer passengers a gateway to the country’s great outdoors, surrounded by mountains and fjords and traditional towns to explore.’

Last week, Loganair also recommenced routes to the Norwegian destinations from Edinburgh, while additional flights from Aberdeen to Oslo Gardermoen will also commence in September.

Loganair announces new route to Haugesund, Norway from Aberdeen International Airport

Aberdeen International Airport has announced the launch of a new service to Haugesund in Norway by Loganair.

Starting Monday, February 24, Loganair will operate the Haugesund service all year round four times a week on a Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. It is the fourth route to Norway from Aberdeen including Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen. Haugesund is a lively city on Norway’s west coast and also serves as a gateway to explore mountains, fjords and waterfalls.

Steve Szalay, Aberdeen International Airport Managing Director said: ‘We’re proud to welcome the new international Loganair route connecting the north east of Scotland with Norway.

‘The new route strengthens Aberdeen International Airport’s links with strategically and economically important regions, boosting the local economy and providing greater choice for holidaymakers.

‘Haugesund has some stunning attractions including the Langfoss waterfall which was voted one of the top 10 most beautiful in the world. I had the pleasure of visiting Haugesund last year. It is such a beautiful spot with a lively and charming town centre. The locals I met were also keen to visit Aberdeen and see our wonderful local attractions. We warmly welcome the service operated by Loganair and look forward to seeing our passengers take advantage of this stunning location.’

Kay Ryan, Loganair’s chief commercial officer, said: ‘As an airport, a city and a gateway to some of our most popular routes, Aberdeen is very important to Loganair.

‘The addition of Haugesund to our Aberdeen schedule opens up yet another European destination to passengers in the North East and we look forward to helping them discover everything this stunning destination has to offer.’

Norwegian announces launch of new route to Bergen from Manchester

Scandinavian airline Norwegian has announced the launch of a new non-stop service from Manchester to Norway.

The new twice-weekly seasonal service on a Monday and Friday from Manchester Airport to Bergen offers passengers more choice when travelling with Norwegian to Scandinavia. The new flight offers holidaymakers in the North West an affordable way to explore the Norwegian city of Bergen with fares from £43.90 one-way. The tickets are available to book now at

The new nonstop service will offer holidaymakers direct access to the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway. Tourists and holidaymakers can explore the spectacular landscape views of the fjords, and the history and culture of the city.

Magnus Maursund, SVP commercial Short Haul at Norwegian, said: ‘We are delighted to offer passengers in the North West another affordable Norwegian service with the addition of our new route from Manchester to Bergen. Passengers travelling with us can enjoy our award-winning complimentary gate-to-gate Wi-Fi and modern comfortable cabin on new state-of-the-art aircraft’.

Julian Carr, Aviation Director at Manchester Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted to celebrate the launch of Norwegian’s new service to Bergen today. We know it’s a hugely popular route with people from the North West looking to visit Bergen and the surrounding areas and inbound with Norwegians coming to the North and especially to Manchester and Liverpool with our musical and sporting heritage.’

In addition to the new service, Norwegian currently operates three non-stop routes to Scandinavia from Manchester Airport with three weekly flights to Oslo, two weekly flights to Stavanger and two weekly flights to Stockholm. Along with the new route the airline will now offer nine weekly flights to Scandinavia from Manchester.

Norwegian started operating from Manchester Airport in 2011 and all flights are served by new 186 seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft, offering all passengers free gate-to-gate Wi-Fi and live TV. Norwegian carries more than 5.8 million UK passengers each year to over 50 global destinations.

Norwegian announces new route from Manchester to Bergen

Scandinavian airline Norwegian has said that it is expanding its network at Manchester Airport with the addition of a new non-stop service to Bergen.

A UNESCO World Heritage City, the Bergen region provides visitors with captivating views of the fjords, as well as its rich history and culture.

The new route will commence on October 28, 2019 for the winter season with two weekly flights on a Monday and Friday. Passengers in Manchester and the North West will now be able to explore the Norwegian city of Bergen this winter with fares from £43.90 one way.

Magnus Maursund, SVP commercial Short Haul at Norwegian, said: ‘Norwegian’s new flight to Bergen from Manchester will allow passengers in the North West to take advantage of our affordable fares all while enjoying our award-winning complimentary Wi-Fi and modern comfortable cabin on new state-of the-art aircraft.’

Julian Carr, Aviation Director at Manchester Airport, said: ‘It’s great to see Norwegian increase its destination choice from Manchester Airport to include Bergen. I am sure this route will prove incredibly popular with the 22 million passengers in our vast catchment area by giving more accessibility to this Scandinavian city.’

Norwegian started operating from Manchester Airport in 2011 with flights on the new 186 seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft, offering all passengers free onboard Wi-Fi and live TV.

Besides the new flight, Norwegian already operates three non-stop routes to Scandinavia from Manchester Airport with three weekly flights to Oslo, two weekly flights to Stavanger and two weekly flights to Stockholm. Along with the new route the airline will now offer nine weekly flights to Scandinavia from Manchester, Norwegian said.

bmi regional doubles capacity on its Aberdeen – Oslo service

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.

bmi expands Scandinavian connections

bmi regional, the UK-based airline, is looking to expand its services in the Scandinavian market with the launch of scheduled services from Stavanger to Kristiansund and Gothenburg.

The new services will start from January 23, 2014 with Stavanger – Gothenburg operating a daily service Sunday to Friday, and Stavanger – Kristiansund operating daily Monday to Friday. The two routes are to complement bmi regional’s established services from Aberdeen to Oslo and Kristiansund and the new routes announced from Stavanger to Harstad-Narvik Airport (Evenes) and Tromso starting January 23, 2014.

Cathal O’Connell, chief executive of bmi regional, said: ‘The additional connectivity that we are providing out of Stavanger will further enhance our offering to the people, communities and businesses that we serve in Norway and Sweden. We anticipate that the new routes will attract both business and leisure traffic and support socio-economic development in the region.’

Airport Director, Stavanger, Leif Lorentzen, said: ‘Improved connectivity between Stavanger and Kristiansund has been on the regions wish list three years in a row – we know that the increased schedule will be welcome by the Stavanger and Kristiansund business community.

Ole Kristian Pettersen, Airport Director, Kristiansund Airport, said: ‘Increased connectivity for the oil and gas industries in Stavanger and Kristiansund has been on the agenda for several years. The introduction of bmi regional on this route will give both the business and leisure markets in both regions new and improved opportunities. We look forward to welcoming bmi regional with a second route from Kristiansund in less than 6 months.’

bmi regional has recently made other major route announcements in Norway, with Aberdeen to Kristiansund launched in August and Stavanger to Harstad-Narvik Airport (Evenes) and Tromso as well as Aberdeen to Oslo launched in October. The airline will commence a Newcastle – Brussels service in March next year.

bmi regional operates an 18-strong, all jet fleet serving 21 destinations in eight countries. It was named Silver Airline of the Year at the annual European Regions Airline Association (ERAA) awards in October.

2014 UK itinerary from Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises, a cruise ship company with its headquarters in Miami, Florida, has today released details of its UK-based itinerary for 2014.

Bookings for the cruise company’s new schedule can be made from the 21st of this month, and include new itineraries for Spain, the Canary Islands and the Norwegian Fjords.

Celebrity has two ships that are UK-based, the Celebrity Eclipse that operates out of Southampton, and the Celebrity Infinity that operates out of Harwich. Included in Infinity’s itinerary are the European Immersive Wine Cruises for vineyard devotees, 14-night trips to Iceland and the Norwegian Fjords, and 11- and 14-night tours of the British Isles, which include stopovers in Wales and Ireland.

The itinerary for Celebrity Eclipse includes a new tour of Spain and the Canary Islands, which is for 10 nights.

Associate vice president and general manager of Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises – UK and Ireland, Jo Rzymowska, said, ‘It is always an exciting time when we announce our new sailings and the new destinations and experiences that our guests can enjoy. The 2014 summer season sees the UK playing host to two of the six Celebrity Cruises ships based in Europe plus new additions to the sailings, including more overnight stays, allowing guests to experience the local nightlife and explore the regions more fully. Our 2014 UK departures set the bar high when it comes to offering a modern luxury holiday without the hassle of flying and we are pleased to continue to offer our guests new and exciting destinations.’

Norwegian Air Shuttle Announces New Base at London Gatwick Airport

Norwegian Air Shuttle, a Norway-based airline company, will be establishing a new base at the London Gatwick airport in the UK.

The airline is planning to base three of its aircraft at Gatwick airport, and will be offering 14 new routes from the airport to European destinations including Nice, Marseille, Rome, Barcelona, Faro, Split and Dubrovnik. The base will be operational in 2013.

The airline is also planning to expand its existing services from London Gatwick to Oslo from three flights to four flights per day, and to Stockholm from three flights to five daily services.

Stewart Wingate, the chief executive officer for Gatwick Airport, said, ‘We are delighted that Norwegian has chosen to grow its operations out of Gatwick by establishing its UK base here. Since Norwegian moved its Scandinavian routes from Stansted to Gatwick a few years ago we have worked hard to make that move a success. Their decision to establish their UK base at Gatwick demonstrates the strength of Gatwick’s offering to airlines.’

The airline chief executive officer, Bjorn Kjos, said, ‘By establishing a new base in London, Norwegian will be positioned to meet the future competition on short-haul routes within Europe as well as long-haul routes globally. Growth and volumes are necessary to stay competitive in the airline industry.’

London Gatwick airport is currently focused on its plan to become a world-class airport that offers an excellent passenger experience. The airport authorities have invested £650 million in new facilities that include car parks, check in desks, security areas, departure lounges, as well as business travel facilities.