Widerøe adds Bergen to Southend; Bergen – London seats down 179,000 seats from 2013 high
Widerøe, the Norwegian regional airline, is to begin a brand-new route – Bergen to London Southend – from 31 August.
The 1,011-kilometre service, which will have no direct competition, will operate on Mondays and Fridays using the carrier’s 114-seat E190s.
A turbulent few years, but clear market gap
As a city-pair, Bergen – London has had a turbulent few years.
It had almost 293,000 seats last year, up 16% YOY. This growth was the result of Wizz Air entering with a twice-weekly Luton service in July, complementing Norwegian’s long-standing Gatwick operation.
Yet, Wizz Air has now ended Luton – Bergen, so the opening that Widerøe saw for a new London service.
Bergen – London weekly frequencies almost halved
It’s notable that Bergen – London’s 293,000 seats last year were down by over 179,000 seats from a high of 472,000 in 2013. In 2013, British Airways served Bergen from Heathrow and easyJet from Gatwick, together with Norwegian from Gatwick.
In the week beginning 31 August 2013, 33 weekly frequencies were available, down to 17 in the same week last year, OAG Schedules data shows. This year, airline websites show it’ll be 13 weekly.
Where’s next from Norway to London?
Of unserved destinations, Alesund had 17,000 passengers last year, according to OAG Traffic Analyser, while Haugesund had 15,000 – both with good pre-stimulation volumes.
Ryanair operated Stansted – Haugesund until October 2015.