Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) celebrated on Friday (1 June) as the inaugural service from Gatwick to Aalesund, the gateway to the Norwegian Fjords, took to the sky. The inauguration of the new service marks the further expansion of SAS’ UK network, and builds on its services from London City and London Heathrow airports to the three Scandinavian countries of Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
Lars-Ove Filipson, General Manager United Kingdom & Ireland, Scandinavian Airlines System said: “This inaugural flight marks the completion of our services from London to the Norwegian Fjords and complements our existing routes from the UK to Bergen and Stavanger. SAS provides travellers with the quickest and most convenient way to reach the breathtaking Fjords. The Fjords offer a world of exciting holiday activities that include summer and winter skiing, hiking and cruising.”
Mayor of Crawley, Councilor Sally Blake, joined Lars Ove-Filipson, SAS General Manager United Kingdom & Ireland and Simon Edwards, Airline Account Manager BAA London Gatwick, in welcoming dignitaries on the inaugural Alesund to Gatwick service. On board the first flight was the Mayor of Alesund Arve Tonning, who was joined by majors from the surrounding regions.
Commenting on the new route Simon Edwards, Airline Account Manager for BAA London Gatwick said: “London Gatwick is delighted to welcome this new SAS service to Alesund which provides travellers with the opportunity to visit the breathtaking Norwegian Fjords. This wonderful new edition to the route network means that London Gatwick now offers more than 200 destinations around the globe to the travelling public in the South East of England.”
SAS now operates a twice weekly service from London Gatwick to the gateway of the Norwegian fjords. All flights will be operated by an 124 seater Boeing 737.