From JFK To Bergen

Bergen Festival chief Frank Nes is pleased that budget airline Norwegian has started to fly direct between the city and New York’s JFK airport, but reckons a new airport at the Norwegian end will be a bigger boost to his event.
The festival's "new visual identity." 

“Any new direct flight to Bergen is helpful, but NYC is of course special in so many ways,” Nes told Pollstar. “In a couple of years the city’s new airport will be ready and this will mean a lot.”

The current airport at Flesland, which opened in 1986, is the country’s second-busiest but has already reached its passenger capacity.

A new terminal building to be opened in 2016 will double the number of passengers each year to about 7.5 million.

It will also add another six gates and the potential for more direct destinations. When the new link to JFK was announced, the New York Post offered a tourist’s guide to the city known as the “Gateway to the Fjords.”

It focused on the wharf at Bergen, its biggest tourist attraction and a UNESCO world heritage site, but also had some good words for the Festival.

“Bergen, birthplace of composer Edward Grieg, is crazy about classical music – actually, it’s crazy about all kinds of music,” the NYP explained, before plugging a June 11-15 Bergen Festival bill that has Lana Del ReyBlondieZZ TopRobert PlantSimple Minds, and Television.