Scandinavian carriers Norwegian and Widerøe have signed a letter of intent that will see the two airlines closely cooperate in a number of areas in the future.

The two companies will cooperate on tickets sales, enabling passengers to seamlessly travel the entire route network of both airlines under an interline agreement.

The objectives of the agreement will provide a better service to passengers and create operational efficiencies.

Regional networks

Norway is an important market for both companies. Widerøe flies throughout the regional network in Norway while Norwegian is a major player in the main route network.

Norwegian’s CEO, Geir Karlsen said: “I am very pleased with the agreement we have entered into with Widerøe today. Our goal for this collaboration is to benefit both companies’ passengers and our employees. In many ways, this is an historic agreement bringing two Norwegian airlines together.

“A lot of detail is still being worked on but it’s clear from the past months’ discussions with Widerøe that there are many areas we both have a common interest to collaborate on.”

New travel opportunities

Widerøe’s CEO, Stein Nilsen said: “This is a day of joy for both Widerøe and our passengers who depend heavily on our flights to work and live in Norway. This agreement will allow customers of Norwegian and Widerøe to combine their flights with both airlines at home and abroad.

“The combination of Widerøe’s network along the coast and in northern Norway and Norwegian’s large European route network will create many new travel opportunities for our common customers. This new collaboration has been requested by our passengers for many years, so it is brilliant to share this news now.

“We still have a way to go before the agreement is final, but we work well together and have a common goal that this should be implemented as quickly as possible.”

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