Start-Ups Start-Up airline Flyr AS obtains operating license from CAA

Norwegian Start-Up carrier Flyr AS has released, that it has obtained an operating licence.

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The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority CAA has issued an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) for Start-Up airline Flyr AS. The carrier seeks to start operations in Norway and is pursuing a low-cost carrier business model.

Flyr AS has been brought to life through former managers of the airline Norwegian and the long-standing CEO of the former airline Braathens. Back in October 2020, rumors emerged that Braathen was planning to launch a new airline that focuses on sustainable and modern operations.

After the carrier took delivery of its first two aircraft, Boeing 737-800s earlier this month, this issued AOC is another milestone for commencing operations. In the long-term, Flyr seeks to operate with around 30 aircraft.

Chief executive at Flyr, Tonje Wikstrøm Frislid commented in a stock-exchange filing: “We at Flyr would like to thank the Civil Aviation Authority for a constructive and professional process. Now all formalities are in place, and we look forward to welcoming our guests on board.”

After Norwegian had financial difficulties for years and was especially hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Flyr saw its chance to take its place in the low-cost market in Norway. Main operators are still Norwegian, SAS and Widerøe.

The entry into service is planned for the 30th of June this year. Initially, Flyr will operate the scheduled passenger flights between Oslo and Tromsø. Gradually, the airline will then widen its network with new Norwegian domestic routes and selected European leisure destinations.

On the companies´ website, flights to various destinations are already bookable. After the initial flights to Tromsø, Flyr will open a route between Oslo and Bodo and Harstad/Navrik at the end of June. In mid-August, flights to Bergen and Trondheim from Oslo will be implemented.

The international debut for Flyr is set to be on the 21st of August 2021, when the airline will start flying to Alicante, Nice and Malaga. This schedule has been optimized to be as sustainable as possible.

Flyr seeks to operate on routes that have high demand but are not served by many airlines. Fewer flights to selected destinations and optimized flight times between destinations will not only make operations as efficient for the airline but will also have a positive impact on the environment, as unnecessary or over-served routes will not be flown by Flyr.

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