Norwegian increases its presence in the Canary Islands
Norwegian, the third largest LCC in Europe, added two new routes to its offering during the course of last week, both using its 186-seat 737-800s. With the longest sector being the 4,160-kilometre seasonal service from Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) to Lanzarote (ACE) launched on 13 December, and the shortest being inaugurated on 10 December from Gran Canaria(LPA) to Munich (MUC) at 3,256-kilometre, both routes are served weekly (Fridays and Tuesdays respectively). The service to Lanzarote will compete with TUIfly Nordic’s twice-weekly flights, while the route to the third largest city in Germany will face extensive competition from airberlin (twice-weekly), Condor (thrice-weekly) and TUIfly (six times weekly). Norwegian’s Munich route is set to increase to twice-weekly (Saturdays) from April 2014.