September 9 2019 @ 15:49 by Richard Dawson
Loganair has announced that flights will commence on a new route between Newcastle and Norwegian city Bergen in 2020, offering people in the North East the chance to explore the beautiful fjord region.
Bergen is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage City and is twinned with Newcastle, so there are plenty of reasons to visit for those interested.
In addition, Bergen has strong links to the North Sea gas and oil industry, so the route promises to strengthen business links with the North East on the maritime and energy business fronts.
The announcement comes as Loganair looks to expand its route offering, with six new connections forthcoming in the new year, including Glasgow to Cardiff and Aberdeen to Brussels (via Newcastle).
As part of this expansion, the airline also announced a new flight between Newcastle and Guernsey in the Channel Islands that will also commence next year.
Kay Ryan, commercial director at Loganair, said: “We’re delighted to add two more services from Newcastle Airport, significantly strengthening our presence in the North East since entering the market in February.
“Both these destinations are extremely popular with tourists and Bergen also has strong business connections with the maritime and energy industries in the North East.”
Leon McQuaid, head of aviation development at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with these two new routes.
“As well as being twinned with Newcastle, Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage City, the gateway to the breath-taking Fjords of Norway and has strong links with the oil and gas industry.
“Guernsey is a great summer destination with its stunning coastlines and rolling hills making it the perfect getaway for the North East travelling public.
“We also look forward to promoting the North East to inbound tourists in each of these markets.”
These new routes promise to deepen the relationship between Newcastle Airport and Loganair, with flights to both Brussels (Belgium) and Stavanger (Norway) launched successfully in 2019.