SAS is to launch a new direct route from Manchester to Bergen on January 6th 2012.
The twice-weekly service will be replacing SAS’ London Gatwick – Bergen route which will cease operations on November 1st 2011.
Hans Dyhrfort, SAS regional general manager for the UK, Ireland & Iceland, said: “We are delighted to be extending our existing network from Manchester, which already includes direct routes to the three Scandinavian capitals, Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen.
“Manchester is a key regional hub for SAS and this decision is perfectly in line with SAS’ regional development.”
Located in the south of Norway, Bergen’s key attractions include fjord cruises to discover dramatic landscapes, or visiting Bryggen – the Hanseatic wharf, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the centre of city life for more than 400 years.
With the great outdoors only minutes away, the city is a beautiful base for yachting, rafting, hiking and cycling.
Alternatively in winter, access to excellent cross-country and downhill skiing is available.
Andrew Harrison, managing director of Manchester Airport, said: “Norway is proving popular for passengers looking to travel to and from Manchester and we are pleased to have Bergen served by SAS.
“The city itself is well known for being the gateway to the famous fjords and has become one of Europe’s largest ports for cruise ships.
“We expect passengers travelling from the North will be keen to access unique travel experiences like the ones offered in Norway.”
The twice-weekly flights will operate on Monday and Friday and prices start from £82, one-way including all taxes and surcharges.