After only 1.5 years closed, the fly route between Northern Norway to Norther Russia might get a chance to be re-opened again. FlyViking is a newly established airliner that plans to connect northern Norwegian cities with Murmansk in Russia.

The Dash 8-103 is a Canadian-built turboprop machine and built by Bombardier since 1984. Its extremely short take-off and landing properties make it a perfect plane for Norther Norwegian cities like Alta, Bodø or Kirkenes. Picture: Ola Giaever
The Dash 8-103 is a Canadian-built turboprop machine and built by Bombardier since 1984. Its extremely short take-off and landing properties make it a perfect plane for Norther Norwegian cities like Alta, Bodø or Kirkenes. Picture: Ola Giaever

Norwegian airliner FlyViking is hoping to be able to start flying between Northern Norway and Northwest Russia shortly. The company has leased a Dash 8-103 that will be delivered from Canada to Norway within a few months. The company hopes to start flying the route Trondheim-Bodø-Tromsø-Alta-Kirkenes-Murmansk with this aircraft. “This is a route with little competition, and we believe the demand is high enough for a profitable operation,” Board Chairman Ola Giæver says in a press release cited by iFinnmark.

The Tromsø-based company Viking Air Norway was established in 2015 with the aim of competing with traditional airliner Widerøe on the Norwegian network of airports with short runways. The company is founded by Ola O.K. Giæver, former co-owner of Widerøe, the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten writes.

The former co-owner of Norwegian airline Widerøe, Ola Giaever is a pilot himself. His plan to re—establish the route Kirkenes – Murmansk might be also interesting for companies that start Arctic expeditions to the North Pole. Picture: Marit Rein, Nordlys
The former co-owner of Norwegian airline Widerøe, Ola Giaever is a pilot himself. His plan to re—establish the route Kirkenes – Murmansk might be also interesting for companies that start Arctic expeditions to the North Pole. Picture: Marit Rein, Nordlys

There has not been any commercial airline between Northern Norway and Russia since October 2014, when Norwegian authorities denied Pskovavia to fly the route Tromsø-Murmansk-Arkhangelsk for license holder Nordavia. The route had been in operation for nearly 20 years

Source: Trude Pettersen, The Independent Barents Observer