Airlines face lots of new turbulence

As Norwegians start traveling again, airlines based in Scandinavia are struggling to reinvent themselves, and survive. Both SAS and Norwegian Air have landed new labour agreements with pilots and cabin crew in Denmark, aimed at cutting costs with more “flexible” crewing, but they’ve met strong resistance in Norway and Sweden that’s now winding up in […]

Travel restrictions ease around EU

Now even Norwegians who are fully vaccinated, or already been sick with the Corona virus, can travel around most of Europe much more simply. Norway’s strict rules are being harmonized with those of the EU, which lists far more of its member nations as “green” than Norway has. EU Corona certificates that took effect July […]

‘No travel abroad’ until after Easter

Norwegian airports are likely to remain unusually quiet, also during the country’s long Easter holidays, after the Foreign Ministry extended its recommendations against global travel until April 15. The ministry’s latest travel advisory applies to all trips to all countries that aren’t strictly necessary. There already are advisories against unnecessary travel within Norway as well. The […]

Color Line cuts hundreds of jobs

There probably won’t be so many cars or passengers rolling off Color Line ferries in the months ahead. The Norwegian shipping line that runs ferries between Norway and Denmark, Sweden and Germany confirmed on Friday that it will cut as many as 300 jobs because of Corona virus-related reductions in traffic. It’s taking a long […]

Unemployment falls but job fears loom

The latest numbers from state welfare agency NAV show 83,000 fewer job seekers in June than in May, and Norway’s official unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent. Hard-hit hotel- and travel businesses still fear the worst, though, and warn of a new wave of terminations later this summer. “The numbers of people without jobs continue […]

State may cover travellers’ losses

Around 200,00o Norwegians still haven’t been reimbursed for airline tickets and holiday tour packages they purchased before the Corona virus cancelled most all travel abroad. Cash-strapped airlines and travel organizers aren’t readily refunding their customers’ money, which amounts to billions of kroner in Norway alone, but now the state may cover customer losses if the […]

More trains set to roll to Gothenburg

Public demand for more and better train service both within Norway and abroad is finally being recognized. Both state railway Vy (formerly NSB) and Swedish railway SJ are adding routes to and from the important Swedish hub of Gothenburg, due to reach five per day next year. Vy plans to run four trains a day […]

Norwegians still flying more

Climate concerns aside: another new study shows that Norwegians fly more than most other Europeans. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, meanwhile, has also said that she feels no flyskam (shame over flying), arguing that Norway’s geography often makes flying necessary. “I don’t feel bad about flying,” Solberg told state broadcaster NRK just before the summer holidays […]

‘Flyskam’ won’t halt summer holidays

School’s out, Parliament has closed and Norway’s traditional month-long summer holiday period began this week with some welcome sunshine and warmer temperatures. Norwegians’ travel plans still don’t seem to be disrupted by flyskam, the new Swedish term for being ashamed to fly because of climate concerns. “Are we ashamed enough to drop flight plans?” asked […]

Climate concerns don’t halt travel

Millions of Norwegians are officially off for Norway’s long five-day Easter holiday weekend that began on Thursday, with more than half of them out travelling within the country or heading abroad. There’s little sign they’re sacrificing holiday travel out of concern for the climate or the carbon emissions that flying and driving can generate. Oslo’s […]