Saturday, October 02, 2010

Norwegian flight news October 2010

Photo: Dublin castle by Foeke Noppert

Scandinavian Airlines direct flights from Stavanger to Alicante takes a break from November 1st 2010 to February 18th 2011. Norwegian Air Shuttle opens two direct flights from Rygge Airport to the Canary Islands, and close down two domestic destinations. Here are more changes to airline schedules from Norwegian Airports updated October 2010.

Rygge Airport:
  • MORE FLIGHTS: Alicante (Ryanair): Four weekly flights from October 31st 2010
  • ENDS: Bodø (Norwegian Air Shuttle) From October 30th 2010
  • MORE FLIGHTS: Dublin (Ryanair)
  • NEW Gran Canaria (Norwegian Air Shuttle): First flight October 31st 2010
  • FROM SEASONAL TO ALL YEAR: Paris-Vatry (Ryanair)
  • NEW Tampere (Ryanair): First flight October 31st 2010
  • NEW Tenerife (Norwegian Air Shuttle): First flight November 4th 2010
  • ENDS: Tromsø (Norwegian Air Shuttle) From October 30th 2010
See all non-stop flights from Rygge airport here
    Oslo Airport:

    See all non-stop flights from Oslo Airport here
      Stavanger Airport:
      • SEASONAL CLOSURE: Alicante (Norwegian Air Shuttle): No service between November 1st 2010 and February 18th 2011
      See all non-stop flights from Stavanger Airport here 

        Thursday, September 30, 2010

        Matstreif 2010 - Annual Culinary Festival in Oslo September 29th to October 2nd

        Matstreif 2010 takes place in Oslo this coming weekend. A great place to indulge in the wide range of seafood, meats, and vegetables from Norwegian producers.

        This year's festival is the 5th in row. It has been extended with one extra day from last year and it has moved to Rådhusplassen, the large square in front of Oslo City Hall.

        The festival has a large Farmers Market offering different agricultural products as well as three seafood market stalls. Here you find everything from large national retailers to small scale producers from different parts of Norway.

        Visitors may attend different seminars on a wide range of subjects as baking, aquavit, sushi in 10 minutes, how to make a good sauce and much more.

        The festival opens Thursday September 30th at 2 PM, and it stays open until Saturday at 10 PM. The different mini seminars starts at 10 AM Friday and Thursday running through to 6 PM Friday and 7 PM Saturday.

        The festival arrangement is taken care of by Innovasjon Norge, owned by central and regional government. Its main focus is to promote:
        "Nationwide industrial development profitable to both the business economy and Norways national economy, and helps release the potential of different districts and regions by contributing towards innovation, internationalization and promotion."
        In spite of Innovasjon Norges international ambition I have found no English program for foreigners. So for tourists - do go to Rådhusplassen for a taste of Norway. Norwegians may explore the festival program at Innovasjon Norges website.

        See full program here

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        (Photo: Smørbrød, Norwegian open sandwiches by Seansie)

        Wednesday, September 29, 2010

        Direct flights Oslo - Agadir from November 2010


        View UPDATED: International non-stop flights from Oslo Airport - August 2010 in a larger map


        Norwegian Air Shuttle will start weekly flights from Oslo Airport to Agadir Morocco from November 6th. At the same time it will start a second weekly flight to Marrakech.


        Agadir is located on the Moroccan Atlantic coast, and this city has unlike Marrakech a pleasant climate all year around.
        Photo: Areal view over Agadir, by Marcoriss
        Agadir is an ideal resort to visit during winters as  average highs never dips under 20 degrees Celsius (68F) at any point during the year, and Norwegians traveling to Agadir will find the climate very similar to the Spanish Canary Islands located just outside these coasts.
        The Moroccan tourist board works hard to attract Norwegian travelers, and they hope that around 200 000 of us will have visited this beautiful country during 2010, me being one of them.
        Plane to Agadir will leave Oslo 7AM (CET) and land in Agadir 11.05 AM GMT (-1 hour), returning 11.55 AM GMT, arriving Oslo 6 PM CET (+1 hour).

        Flytime is around 5 hours each way.  

        More on Agadir - see this presentation of this destination on YouTube



        Latest stories on flights from Oslo Airport 

        Tuesday, September 28, 2010

        NEW: Maps of all non-stop flights from main Norwegian Airports


        View NEW: All non-stop flights from Oslo Airport - September 2010 in a larger map


        Enjoy Food & Travel has until now provided maps showing all  flights from the main Norwegian Airports to international destinations. We are now proud to offer maps of all direct flights, domestic as well as international. We hope they will be a useful tool for those of you planning trips to Norway, and to those of you looking for new intriguing international destinations from Norway. 

        These maps are based on information from the Airports official websites.

        As they are updated manually,
        errors may occur. Do consult airport website or airline for updated information. We would be happy to informed if you find anything wrong? Kindly inform Enjoy Food & Travel either by posting a remark below or send an e-mail to: johnsen.tor@gmail.com.

        As earlier:
         
        • Red marker means that flights has been cancelled or seasonal and not in operation. 
        • Green marker for planned services.
        • Yellow marker means that flights are seasonal and in operation. 
        • Airplane marker means that service is in operation all year around. 
        Maps do not cover non-stop chartered flights available from many regional airports.  

        Complete maps are now available from the following airports: 

        Sunday, September 26, 2010

        Brussels Airlines: Inaccurate price information on website


        Internet has provided travelers with a tool to compare information on fare provided by different airlines. Some airlines give you total price, whereas others disclose different fees that may double the price of your ticket. I had my latest experience with this as I looked for air fare to Brussels. Brussels Airlines may, at first glance,  offer very low fare, but it all adds up. 

        I am planning to have an extended weekend in Brussels. I always research different options. I may fly non-stop from Oslo Airport to Brussels Airport with Brussels Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines. From Moss-Rygge Airport Ryanair provides daily flights to Charleroi Airport, 46 km south of the Belgian capital.  

        Brussels Airlines offers flights from Oslo December 3rd for 175 NOK and return from Brussels December 6th for NOK 310 - sum 485 NOK - apparently.

        Why does it end up costing you NOK 1186, more than 2,4 times the price displayed?  This as the rest is fees not disclosed before you start your booking process.

        For a roundtrip Oslo - Brussels you are charged air fare and:
        • Airport Tax: Passenger Charge Norway (ZN) - NOK  119.00
        • Airport Tax: Passenger Service and Security Charge Belgium (BE) 198.00
        • Brussels Airlines: Service fee 20.00 NOK
        • Brussels Airlines: Fuel fee 364.00 NOK 
        At first glance difference between Scandinavian Airlines and Brussels Airlines is NOK 948,- as round trip with SAS is priced at 1458 NOK. BUT: This includes all taxes, but the Belgian Airline is only 258 NOK cheaper. As my experience traveling with Brussels Airlines last year was rather grim, I may choose SAS to Brussels Airlines.

        The good thing is that you are given the higher price very quickly, but I do not know why the full price could not be disclosed for the traveler immediately. This, as there is no way that you can avoid them.

        The way it looks now, I may choose Brussel Airlines one way , i.e. to Brussels December 3rd. This as  Ryanair offers tickets from Charleroi airport December 6th at the ridiculous  price of 10 EUR. I will keep you posted whether this is the true price or if there are any hidden compulsory costs.

        This shows that there is money to be saved for travelers by being creative while booking tickets. It may not be much, but all counts!! 

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