British Airways has announced the end of its direct flights from London Heathrow to Bergen and Stavanger.
Passengers currently booked on one of these BA flights on or after 29 October have the option of a full refund, rebooking to an alternative flight before the 29 October, or rebooking on a BA flight to/from Oslo. In the case of the latter, additional air or ground transportation costs will not be met. No rebooking arrangements with other airlines have yet been announced, although this is expected to happen in the coming days.
The announcement that both daily routes will end from 28 October 2017 slashes the options for reaching London from the west coast cities. Many Brits who work in the energy industry and travel home at weekends will be impacted. British Airways inherited these routes when its parent company International Airlines Group acquired bmi in 2012. The airline say they are pulling the routes because of “poor commercial performance.”
The news will however be a boost to SAS who operate daily flights between Stavanger and Heathrow, and also to Norwegian, who run daily flights from both cities to London Gatwick. Passengers can also books flights with a transfer in Oslo but this will add considerably to the duration of travel, if not the expense.
As a Brit living in Norway I’m always disappointed to see cuts in flights to the UK. In Trondheim our only direct link to the UK with Norwegian has been cut from 6 to 5 and now to 4 flights per week, with less convenient times than before. My hopes of a BA or SAS flight to Heathrow seem pretty far-fetched now. I, and many other travellers, typically choose to connect to the UK via Amsterdam or Copenhagen.