Norwegian regional carrier Widerøe has signed a codeshare agreement with Air France. The move comes after Air France’s partner KLM initiated a similar arrangement with the Norwegian airline earlier this year.

The new agreement will be of particular importance to Norwegians living in rural districts, who will now have access to a much greater portfolio of destinations, Air France-KLM Norway sales director Halvor Gløersen said.

“We look at Widerøe as a key partner to expand our route offerings in Norway, and … to give our passengers benefits in terms of flexibility and a greater number of destinations,” Gløersen added.

The agreement came into effect July 2.

Air France has added its AF code to selected Widerøe routes, which allows their passengers to change flights in Oslo and Bergen to continue their journey with the same ticket and check-in from a number of smaller airports around Norway.

“Air France and KLM’s major networks provide access to more destinations for Widerøe’s customers and better access to all Norway for foreign tourists,” Widerøe commercial director Christian Skaug said. The airline operates a network of services linking small, remote regional airports to each other and to transfer airports such as Oslo and Bergen.

The codeshare will cover the following routes:

  • Bergen to Aberdeen, Billund, Gothenburg, Florø, Ålesund, Molde, Kristiansund, Sandefjord (Torp), Kristiansand, Bodø and Tromsø;
  • Oslo to Stokmarknes, Leknes, Mosjøen, Mo i Rana, Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Florø, Gothenburg, Ørsta-Volda (Hovden); and
  • Copenhagen to Kristiansand and Sandefjord (Torp).

Alan Dron alandron@adepteditorial.com