Bergen Airport – Norway’s Second Best
Located in Flesland, Bergen Airport is the primary airport serving the city of Bergn in Hordaland county of Norway. It is a public airport owned by Avinor and is a major hub for Bergen Air Transport, Bristow Norway, CHC Helikopter Service, Fonnafly, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines and Widerøe. The airport has a single asphalt/concrete runway measuring 2,990 meters in length. At an elevation of 50.6 meters above mean sea level, the airport is a hub for Scandinavian Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Widerøe are the largest airlines. In the year 2014, the airline serves 6,078,589 passengers and recorded 101,456 aircraft and 8,186 cargo movements, making it the e second-busiest airport in Norway. CHC Helikopter Service and Bristow Norway which operate to offshore oil platforms in the North Sea also generate good amount of traffic at the Bergen Airport. It is around 11 km from the city center.
The Bergen airport has been operational since 1955. However there was a water aerodrome at Bergen much before that. The first ever demonstration flight to takeoff from the then airport was on 25th September, 1911 and it was operated by Carl Gustav Cederström. In the year 1920 the first Sschedule service was operated between Bergen, Haugesund and Stavanger. The plan of constructing an airstrip was finalized during 1930’s. The airport was part of German occupation of Norway during the Second World War and after the war ended, civil authorities gained control of the airport. Construction if the new airport started in early 1953 and the military began operations from 18 June 1954. The existing runway was expanded. The airport got it first terminal in 1988 and a new control tower in 1991. Both military as well as civil aviation services were conducted from the Bergen airport until 1999, when Flesland Air Station of the Norwegian Air Force stopped operating from this airport. The airport is undergoing expansion which will be completed in 2016.
At present, 23 airlines operates regular flight services to 63 destinations around the world. While Bergen Air Transport, British Airways, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines, Widerøe and Wiz Air are some of the major passenger flight operators are BH Air, Corendon Airlines, SunExpress, Air Europa and Thomas Cook Airlines are the airlines that operate charter flight to and from the Berger airport.
Though the Bergen Airport is the 2nd busiest and among the major airports in the country, till now it has not received any awards.
Routs and Destinations
London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Aberdeen, Reykjavik-Keflavík, Oslo, Stavanger, Trondheim, Ålesund, Kristiansand, Florø and Molde are the busiest international as well as domestic routes from Bergen Airport. Seasonal flights are available for Helsinki Narvik, Billund, Warsaw, Split, Prague, Istanbul, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Rome among others.
Why Fly Through This Airport
How to Check-in
At present, passengers travelling from the Bergen Airport can use multiple options of check-in. Online check-in and mobile check-in options are available with most of the airline and can be done 24 hours prior to departure. At the airport passengers have the option of counter check-in or automatic check-in as well. Please note that the option of automatic check-in is limited to only a few flights, so it is advisable that you speak with the airline before travel. Counters generally open 2 to 3 hours before departure of flight. Multiple check-in desks are available at the airport for the assistance of passengers.
The airport boasts of a new baggage sorting area that is 800 square meters. The amount of luggage you can carry from Bergen Airport is subject to airline’s policy and the limit may vary from one airline to the other. Passengers can carry between 5 kg to 15 kg as hand luggage and can carry hold baggage from 20 kg to 32 kg depending upon the class of travel and the destination you are travelling to. Charges will be applicable in case of excess luggage and the same can be paid at the airport or can be pre booked online, at a lower rate.
Option of pre selection of seat is available with most of the airline flying from Bergen International Airport. Passengers can pay a small amount to pre book their seat in advance. At the counter airlines do not guarantee seat as it is subject to availability. Book the window sea to enjoy views of the city during landing or takeoff.
Making an online reservation is the most comfortable way to book your flights ticket but this service is chargeable. Tickets can also be purchased, free of service charge, from the airline’s counter at the airport or office of the airline in the city. In an event of cancellation or modification of flight, please contact the airlines directly as every airline may have a different policy regarding the same.