Widerøe's history

Historic photo of the aircraft pioneer Viggo Widerøe.

Photo

Ukjent/Norges Postmuseum

Widerøes Flyveselskap AS was founded on February 19th 1934 by five enthusiastic friends.  One of them was Viggo Widerøe. In the beginning the company was located at Ingierstrand outside Oslo and initially the company operated air taxi, ambulance, school transport services and aerial photo flights

 

In the 1950's the activity increased substantially. The seaplane routes in Northern Norway along with the maintenence operations at Fornebu was driving most of the income. The seaplane activity was replaced by short field routes when the government decided to establish smaller airports in the regions. The first four airports were located between Bodø and Trondheim and opened in 1968. 


In 1970 Widerøe reorganised, as the company wanted to play a leading role in the development of the regional route system. The company has continued to develop and Widerøe is now established as one of the most major regional transport providers in Norway. Today Widerøe has over 400 daily departures to 43 domestic and 3 international destinations, including our summer destinations, and in excess of 2 million passengers annually.

 

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