Bergen Air Transport

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Bergen Air Transport
Bergen Air Transport logo.svg
IATA
ICAO
BGT
Callsign
BERGEN AIR
Founded 1998
Hubs Bergen Airport, Flesland
Fleet size 3
Destinations 2
Headquarters Bergen, Norway
Key people Geir Hellsten (CEO)
Website www.bergenair.no

Bergen Air Transport AS is an airline based at Bergen Airport, Flesland in Norway. In addition to charter aviation and an aviation workshop, it offers a scheduled service between Bergen and Notodden Airport, Tuven. The airline operates two Beechcraft B200 King Air aircraft and one Cessna Citation CJ2. The airline was established in 1998, offering seaplane charter flights using Cessna 421 aircraft. The service to Notodden started in 2000; a Cessna 441 was acquired in 2003, and from 2006 the company has used two Beechcraft. The company is owned by Geir Hellsten and Håkon Lie-Nielsen.

Operation[edit]

The airline operates two 12-seat Beechcraft King Air B200 aircraft, and one seven-seat Cessna Citation CJ2 executive jet. It has its main operational base at Bergen Airport, Flesland, but also has facilities at Notodden Airport, Tuven. The company has ten pilots; its main services are private charter and aviation-mechanical services, but the company also operates a single scheduled service, with six weekly round trips between Bergen and Notodden.[1] In 2011, it had a revenue of NOK 31.0 million and a NOK 0.25 million profit.[2]

History[edit]

Bergen Air Transport was founded in 1998 by Geir Hellsten and Håkon Lie-Nielsen, and commenced operations the following year. Initial operations consisted of charter services, using a Cessna 421B. In 2000, the company replaced this aircraft with a Cessna 421C, and started the scheduled route between Bergen and Notodden using the six-seat aircraft.[3] In 2000, the company had eleven employees and NOK 2.6 million in revenue. To begin with, it made four round trips per week, but in 2001 it chose to increase to five, after experiencing high cabin loads.[4] It transported 1,000 passengers in 2000, and 1,500 the following year.[5] During the summer of 2002, the company also attempted to fly from Notodden to Kristiansund Airport, Kvernberget, but was forced to give up due to lack of passengers.[6]

A hangar was built at Bergen Airport in 2003, and at the same time the airline was certified as a mechanical aviation workshop. The following year, the Cessna 421 was replaced with a Cessna 441 Conquest II. In 2006, two Beechcraft King Air were bought, and the last Cessna sold.[3] On 20 November 2003, Notodden Airport was closed for all scheduled traffic by the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority, due to a lack of safety requirements. Bergen Air Transport was forced to reroute all its aircraft to Skien Airport, Geiteryggen. Following an investment of NOK 500,000 from the airline and NOK 1.2 million from the municipality, which owns the airport, scheduled services commenced again.[7] From 1 October 2004, NOK 250,000 was invested at Notodden Airport.[8] Starting in October 2004, the airline also introduced security control of all passengers at Notodden Airport.[9] In 2005, the company had a revenue of NOK 10.3 million; this increased to NOK 20.1 million in 2006, giving a profit of NOK 2.8 million,[10] when the airline transported 2,841 passengers.[11]

In September 2007, the company bought a new hangar at Notodden, giving it ample space for expansion, and new arrival and departure facilities. At the same time, the airline bought its first jet, a Cessna Citation CJ2.[1] That year saw the airline transport 3441 passengers on 552 flights on the Bergen–Notodden route.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Buverud, Unni (17 September 2007). "Ny ankomsthall". Telen (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bergen Air Transport AS" (in Norwegian). Proff.no. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Historie" (in Norwegian). Bergen Air Transport. Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Vik, Glenn (9 July 2001). "Større fly og flere reisemål fra Notodden". Telen (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Solid økning i flytrafikken". Telen (in Norwegian). 30 November 2001. Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ny flyrute til Kristiansund". Telen (in Norwegian). 16 May 2002. Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Pedersen, Jarle (3 January 2003). "Fortsatt rutefly fra Notodden Lufthavn". Telemarksavisa (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Aulie, Kjell (10 October 2004). "Tretten lys til en kvart million kroner". Telemarksavisa (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Aulie, Kjell (1 October 2004). "Sjekker alle passasjerer". Varden (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  10. ^ Aulie, Kjell (29 October 2007). "Solid pluss i Bergen Air". Varden (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Johansson, Henning (1 March 2008). "Flyplassen er lønnsom". Telen (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 

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