|Hubs||Harstad/Narvik Airport, Evenes|
|Focus cities||Bodø Airport|
Kato Airline was an airline based in Evenes, Norway. The airline, using the brand name Kato Air operated scheduled passenger and cargo services, as well as daily freight services for the National Mail company, northern Norway. Its main base was Harstad/Narvik Airport, Evenes.
The name is derived from the name of the founders Karl Johan Karlsen and Torlaug Karlsen, who are also husband and wife.
The airline was established in 1995 and started operations on 2 February 1995, with a Piper PA-31 Navajo flying newspapers. Later a Cessna 172 was added to the fleet. Since then the airline has been operating charter flights, aerial photography and seismological surveys.
In 1998 the airline started flying Bodø-Harstad/Narvik-Tromsø in cooperation with Heli-Trans. In May 1999 Kato Air bought Heli-Trans' fixed-wing division, but the route was closed after one year due to lack of passengers. From April 1, 2003 the airline has been operating the public service obligation routes Bodø-Røst and Bodø-Narvik (Framnes), though the latter route was recaptured by Widerøe from April 1, 2006.
Late August 2008 the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority discontinued the company's maintenance authorization issued to Kato Air Service, and all Kato Airs four planes were grounded. The company therefore decided to cancel all operations as of 2 September 2008.
As of March 2007 the Kato Airline fleet included:
Incidents and accidents
- On 4 December 2003, a Dornier 228 operating Flight 603 was struck by lightning, causing a fracture to the control rod that operated the elevator. The aircraft subsequently landed heavily just short of the runway at Bodø and was written off. Both crewmembers sustained serious injuries while both passengers sustained slight injuries. The aircraft, registered LN-HTA, was written off.
- On September 29, 2004 an asylum seeker entered the cockpit of Dornier 228 LN-BER and, in a suicide attempt, attacked the pilots with an axe. Thanks to intervention from the other passengers on board, the crew was able to regain control of the aircraft, saving the airplane. The assailant was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
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- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 100.
- Trafikken doblet Traffic Doubled, Hangar.no, published June 16, 2006
- Kato Air satt på bakken Avisa Nordland (an.no) September 1, 2008 (Norwegian)
- "REPORT ON THE AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT AT BODØ AIRPORT ON 4 DECEMBER 2003 INVOLVING DORNIER DO 228-202 LN-HTA, OPERATED BY KATO AIRLINE AS". Accident Investigation Board Norway. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
- Attacked the pilots with an axe Dagbladet, September 29, 2004, in Norwegian.
- 15 years in prison in the Kato Air case NTB article in Aftenposten June 23, 2005, in Norwegian.