New flights linking city and Norway.
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SCANDINAVIA-BOUND passengers can now fly direct from Newcastle to the Norwegian city of Stavanger.
BMI Regional launched its Newcastle to Norway route on Tuesday, with flights to and from country's third largest city every day of the week except Saturdays.
On weekdays, the flight leaves Newcastle at 10.45am, arriving into Norway at 1.05pm local time. On Sunday, the service leaves at 1.25pm, touching down in Scandinavia at 3.45pm.
Coming back, the flights leave Norway at 3.40pm on weekdays and 4.15pm on weekends, coming back at 4pm and 4.35pm British time.
Stavanger - in Norway's Rogaland region - has an 18-century old town and a lively waterfront in the summer months.
The region also boasts scenic fjords, white beaches and mountains.
Gamle Stavanger claims to be largest surviving wooden house settlement in northern Europe. It was saved from modernisation after the Second World War thanks to the persistence of the city's then architect Einar Heden, who fought for the council to preserve the district and Stavanger's old look.
Leif Anker Lorentzen, director of Stavanger's Sola Airport, said: "It's always nice to introduce routes that will drive additional business and leisure travellers into the region. We work to ensure good and effective international connections, and aim to showcase our region and the endless possibilities it offers. We are pleased with the possibilities airlines such as BMI Regional provide for Stavanger Airport. This demonstrates a vast focus on the municipality of Rogaland, during challenging times for the industry in this region."
The coastal city lies close to North Sea oil fields, making it a key business destination.
Jochen Schnadt, BMI Regional's chief commercial officer, said: "We're excited to have added this route into our network and with it Stavanger as our latest addition to our growing network of key business locations. Stavanger has a varied appeal - the city is a hub for the oil and gas industry, as well as being a former Capital of Culture with great gourmet credentials. Our new branded fares including our new executive product will be a perfect fit for this new market offering both business and leisure customers the right product and flexibility of choice when travelling between Newcastle and Stavanger."
It is also hoped the new route will also draw in more Norwegian visitors to Newcastle.
Leon McQuaid, Newcastle International Airport's aviation development manager director, added: "We are delighted that BMI Regional has launched this new Stavanger service.
"Norway is an important business and trade link for the North East as well as being a popular destination for leisure travellers. As well as anticipating further growth in outbound tourism we also expect this service to deliver a signifi-cant increase of inbound traffic to the region."
Fares start at PS78 one way or PS139 return.
Stavanger has a bustling waterfront scene