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.
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.
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