A seasonal summer air link by Loganair between Glasgow airport and the Bergen departed today (Friday).

The regional carrier is connecting the two cities for the first time with twice weekly flights until September 1.

The route is being operated by a 50-seat Saab 2000 aircraft with one-way fares starting at £79.99.

Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles said: “It’s fantastic to be able to launch a new route from our main hub airport, connecting the West of Scotland with Norway’s second largest city.

“We are operating this service seasonally for summer travellers and bookings have been strong. Bergen is the ideal holiday destination, famous for its colourful city-centre, the Hanseatic Wharf, a fish market, and one of Norway’s biggest cultural events, the Bergen International Festival.

“By offering the twice weekly connections, customers can visit for a long-weekend or an extended stay of one week or 10 days.”

Glasgow airport business development manager, Paul White, said: “We are continually working to expand our route network and this is the first time Glasgow will have had a direct, scheduled service to Norway’s second city.

“I have no doubt Bergen will prove to be a huge draw for leisure travellers and we’re looking forward to working closely with Loganair to ensure the success of the route.”