Scandinavian Airlines has revealed its new non-stop flight between Norway and Houston, TX, will begin in August in response to demand from the energy industry.

The Houston Airport System stated that the flight between Stavanger in Norway and Houston in Texas is a direct response to requests from leading players in the oil and gas industry, who have been seeking better connections between the two energy hubs for some time.

The direct flight will trim travel time by several hours for travellers between Stavanger and Texas. Most current routes between Norway and Houston require at least one connection in Newark, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, or Paris. Annise Parker, Houston Mayor, said: “Houston enjoys a well-deserved reputation as the ‘energy capital of the world,’ and the arrival of Scandinavian Airlines to Houston will allow us to strengthen that role even more moving forward.”

Eric Doyle, Regional Director – Europe at Aquaterra Energy, said: “With a growing presence in Norway and offices in both Stavanger and Houston, Aquaterra Energy welcomes the news that a non-stop flight between these two key regions is now available.

“Our presence in Scandinavia is growing, having recently been awarded a four year frame agreement with DONG Energy to provide Drilling Installation Support Services for its Hejre development, and we are looking forward to future projects in this region.”