The ever-expanding relationship between Scotland and Norway has seen the creation of transportation links over the North Sea. The developments in the energy sector, increasing number of Norwegian students searching for solid higher education, strong business links, tourism and other factors have contributed to a large network of communication links between the two countries.
22/12/2003 :: Duo Airlines, a Management Buy-Out of Danish Maersk Air Ltd, launched a direct flight between Edinburgh and Oslo Lufthavn on the 2 November 2003. The low-cost carrier connects the capitals for the pleasure of both tourists, students and companies involved in Scottish-Norwegian operations. Return fares range from £100 to £400.
Ryanair, the no-frills airline, operates a daily route between Glasgow Prestwick and Sandefjord Torp. Haugesund based Coast Air, flies their ATR 42-320 between Aberdeen and Bergen Flesland twice a day between Monday and Friday, while Widerøe also operates this route and a route between Aberdeen and Stavanger on a daily basis. LoganAir, the British Airways franchise, has over the last years offered a direct flight from Kirkwall to Bergen in the summer season.
Sea-Cargo, founded through the merger between NorCargo and Seatrans, operates two multi-purpose vessels from Aberdeen to various destinations up and down the western coast of Norway including Haugesund, Tananger, Bergen, Florø, Aalesund, Molde, Kristiansund and Trondheim via Amsterdam and Immingham.
Newcastle is also a gateway to Scotland. Widerøe operates a flight between Newcastle and Stavanger, while DFDS Seaway's ships sail from Newcastle to Kristiansand. Also, FjordLine operates a ferry from Newcastle to Bergen, Haugesund and Stavanger.
Smyril Line has over the past years offered a seasonal cruise between Lerwick and Bergen.