Seen cutting the ribbon in Stokmarknes to officially open Widerøe’s three times weekly service to Oslo Gardermoen are: Tove Mette Bjørkmo, Mayor of Sortland; Siv Dagny Aasvik, Mayor of Hadsel; and Karianne B. Bråthen, Mayor of Øksnes. Unfortunately the photographer did not get to the cake in time to get the key shot, as it had already been cut up ready to serve to passengers. Widerøe will not face direct competition on the 950-kilometre route.
- Widerøe has expanded its route offering from Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) by launching a three times weekly link to Stokmarknes (SKN) in Nordland in Northern Norway. Launched 27 June, the carrier will operate the 950-kilometre domestic sector on its fleet of 39-seat DHC-8-100s. No other carrier currently operates this route. With this launch, Widerøe now offers 14 connections from Gardermoen this summer according to OAG schedules, with its only international route being to Gothenburg. By launching Stokmarknes services, it becomes the airline’s longest sector from Gardermoen, with it beating the previous longest sector, Gardermoen-Svolvær, by 41 kilometres. For Stokmarknes Airport, which handled just over 100,000 passengers last year, this link to the Norwegian capital becomes its fourth route with Widerøe, with it also being connected by the carrier to Bodø, Tromsø and Leknes, with the latter having launched on 1 April. See how Stokmarknes Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.