Norway to host aviation “Speed ​​Dating” event next week

Routes Europe 2022 will take place in Bergen, Norway next week. It is hosted by Avinor, operator of 44 airports across the spectacularly beautiful country.

Europe and the global air and airport network planning community will travel to Bergen – the world-renowned capital of the fjords – for the 15th edition of the event, which will take place from 18-20 May.

Simple Flying is delighted to be a media partner of Routes, and I will be there. The event will bring together decision makers from airlines, airports, destinations and other stakeholders from across Europe and beyond; they are invested in the future of European air connectivity.

Nearly 400 organizations are registered to attend, including 306 airlines and airports. As Routes says:

Develop your relaunch strategy, gain exclusive insights and discuss new market opportunities with the people who decide where the region’s aircraft fly, all under one roof at Routes Europe.

United will launch a 3x weekly service between Newark and Bergen later this month. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Single flight.

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90 airlines have registered

Route events are best known for “speed dating” between airlines and airports. This involves a short time to meet to discuss new route opportunities and potentially even new bases. As Routes says:

Unmissable opportunities to discuss and negotiate future business with seasoned professionals from the air service development community.

Senior network planners from 89 airlines have already confirmed their attendance, including:

  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • American
  • British Airways
  • Delta
  • easyJet
  • Etihad
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa
  • Norwegian
  • SWISS
  • TAP AirPortugal
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United
  • Volotea
  • Wizz Air

Face-to-face speed dating, an extensive conference program and numerous social and networking events underpin Routes Europe. Image: Routes.

Social events and presentations too

Our friends at Routes have organized many exciting events to surround speed dating, the heart of the event. There is a grand gala dinner and seven free tours.

Social events will showcase what Bergen and the wider region has to offer that you usually can’t experience on a quick business visit. A popular option is certainly the three-hour cruise, which sees deep fjords, rugged mountains and mighty waterfalls.

Then there is a comprehensive conference program with a large number of C-level speakers. They will discuss route development, sustainability, green tourism, technology and more. Included are CEO Keynote interviews, such as with the bosses of SAS and startup Norse Atlantic.


This summer, Norwegian is Bergen’s number one airline for seats for sale, but obviously Widerøe is for flights. Photo: calflier001 via Flickr.

Bergen, the second busiest airport in Norway

Bergen is Norway’s second busiest airport this summer. It has 6.1 million seats for sale, the first time it has surpassed six million. It is up 15% compared to summer 2019, thanks to the entry of Flyr at the end of 2021 and the significant growth of Widerøe.

It is also since the entry of Lufthansa from Munich (started on May 7), the takeover of Loganair from Edinburgh (May 11), United Airlines from Newark (May 21), Lübeck Air (May 23), and Edelweiss from Zurich (June 4) .

Several other routes have started or will start, including four with Flyr (Alicante, Malaga, Nice, Zadar), three with Widerøe (Florence, Nice, Palma) and three with Norwegian (Billund, Paris CDG, Stockholm Arlanda).

Have you ever been to Bergen? Let us know in the comments.


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