From one oil and gas hotspot to another – the UK airline bmi is launching new scheduled flights between Aberdeen in Scotland and Kristiansund in Norway. The first direct, scheduled air link between the two cities will begin at the end of August.
Aberdeen is one of Scotland’s major onshore bases for North Sea exploration while Kristiansund is the major oil and gas city on Norway’s mid north-western coast and oil companies such as Shell and Statoil have offices there.
Cathal O’Connell, chief executive officer of bmi regional said: “Our new Kristiansund route will link two important energy sector locations. Whilst we expect many passengers on the route to travel for business there are also established tourism and cultural connections between the North-East of Scotland and Norway, which we anticipate will result in additional leisure traffic.”
Tom Smith, chairman of Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future (ACSEF) said: “There are strong synergies between both cities and the surrounding regions. This air service should be a catalyst for even greater commercial links, both with regard to work in the North Sea and collaboration between North-east and Norwegian companies in the global oil and gas market.”