Aberdeen to Oslo flights announced by bmi regional

BMI jet The enterprise minister said the route would help build business links between Scotland and Norway

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Direct flights between Aberdeen and Oslo have been announced.

The route - operated by bmi regional - will start on 28 October.

Cathal O'Connell, chief executive of bmi regional, said: "Both locations are strategic hubs for oil and gas activity."

It follows the airline launching services between Aberdeen International Airport and Kristiansund on Norway's mid north-western coast earlier this year.

Enterprise minister Fergus Ewing said: "This new air route with Norway will help build business links between oil services companies in both countries and it also provides a boost for tourism in the north-east.

"It further underlines the importance of Aberdeen Airport to the economy of the North East and the strong performance of the airport in recent years."

In a separate development, budget airline Jet2.com announced growth plans at Glasgow Airport, including 130,000 more seats for summer 2014.

The addition of a fifth dedicated aircraft next year will see increased frequency of flights to eight of Glasgow's most popular destinations, including Palma, Alicante and Tenerife.

In total, 650,000 seats are now available for next summer, with Jet2.com more than doubling capacity.

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