Norwegian to add Longyearbyen

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Scandinavian budget carrier Norwegian is to add services between Oslo and Longyearbyen, which is one of the islands in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

Svalbard is a group of islands situated in the Arctic Ocean, midway between Norway and the North Pole. The island, which has a strong polar bear population, is strictly governed, with limited human interference.

Norwegian network and revenue director Daniel Skjeldam says: “It is with great pleasure that we now add Svalbard to our already extensive domestic network. This will enable people to experience great arctic nature.”

The all-Boeing 737-operator will begin twice-weekly services on the domestic link on 27 March.

Since beginning operations in September 2002, Oslo-headquartered Norwegian has built its network to comprise 11 domestic and 92 international routes.