By Kirsty HalcrowNovember 25th 2014

Business and tourism links between Scotland and Norway are expanding with the launch of a new air service linking Shetland and Bergen.

Norwegian airline Bergen Air Transport, which operates scheduled, charter and cargo flights from the city, launched a twice weekly service from Sumburgh Airport on Monday (24 November 2015), using a 12 seat Beechcraft King Air B200 aircraft on the route.

The new service hopes to capitalise on established trade links between Shetland and Norway, particularly in the energy and marine sectors. The scheduled service is also open to leisure passengers, with Monday and Thursday departures allowing for extended weekend breaks.

The new service is being supported by funding of £70,470 from economic development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

One way business fares will range from £190 for economy to £475 fully flexible. Leisure fares, available on limited basis, will start at £99 each way. Promotional fares will be available for early bookings.