Widerøe, the Norwegian airline serving small airports around the country, is teaming up with the larger Norwegian Air to offer joint ticketing on several of their domestic routes. Their agreement will, for the first time, allow passengers traveling within Norway to fly on just one ticket, thereby cutting connection times and passenger taxes.
The two carriers signed the agreement Friday, claiming it will enhance competition when Widerøe can open up for reservations and ticketing on Norwegian flights and “seamless” travel on many of the two carriers’ routes in Norway.
Widerøe has an agreement with the state to serve outlying, short-runway airports with its fleet of smaller propeller aircraft. Now passengers will be able to travel between Oslo and Bergen on Norwegian, for example, with direct connections to airports served by Widerøe in Sogn og Fjordane and Ørsta/Volda. Other routes included in the deal include Oslo-Røros, all routes between Trondheim and airports in Helgeland (Mo i Rana, Mosjøen, Brønnøysund and Sandnessjøen) and direct routes from Bergen to Bodø and Tromsø, to name a few.
The system will basically speed passengers through cities like Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim to final destinations “out in the districts of Norway,” noted Christian Skaug of Widerøe, and vice versa. Residents of outlying areas are expected to get better service at lower cost.
The airlines plan to both start selling such “thru-tickets” in March. State authorities had requested such cooperation, and Widerøe, which formerly had ties to Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), told state broadcaster NRK that Norwegian had approached it first.