Norwegian is in the process of concluding a tender competition in which they have requested offers for ground services and de-icing at several airports in Scandinavia.
With the exception of Longyearbyen, Norwegian has today announced the outcome of the competition for the Norwegian airports.
Widerøe Ground Handling is the winner, with the exception of Oslo Airport and Bardufoss, at all airports where Norwegian operates in Norway. A decision has not been made yet for Longyearbyen.
The decision comes as a great relief for the entire Widerøe organization after the loss of a major contract earlier this autumn.
“Norwegian has conducted a tender competition for ground services in Norway and the rest of Scandinavia, where we have prioritized commercial conditions and sustainability, among other criteria,” says Knut Olav Irgens Høeg, Group Director at Norwegian.
“Widerøe provided the best offer, both commercially and in the other criteria of the tender. We are now looking forward to expanding our cooperation with Widerøe, and together we will ensure that our passengers receive a good service and a pleasant experience at the airports in Norway.”
“We are incredibly happy, proud, and relieved to win this contract,” says Widerøe CEO Marius Myhre.
“The competition in the market for ground services to airlines is very tough. The agreement with Norwegian demonstrates that we are competitive.
The new agreement involves the provision of ground services on all Norwegian flights at the following airports: Ålesund, Alta, Andøya, Bergen, Bodø, Evenes, Haugesund, Kirkenes, Kristiansand, Kristiansund, Lakselv, Molde, Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim, and Torp. The start date is set for April 2024.
The agreement also includes the provision of de-icing services starting in September 2024. Both contracts have a duration of five years.
“The agreement gives us confidence to continue and tells us that we should seize the opportunities that come our way. Nevertheless, it means that we are facing a transition, but it is reassuring and will contribute to greater predictability and job security in the future,” concludes Myhre.
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