Norwegian grasps Frankfurt opportunity with new Copenhagen flights; Oslo and Stockholm flights to follow?

Norwegian grasps Frankfurt opportunity with new Copenhagen flights

Norwegian shows that there now is space for low-cost carriers in Frankfurt as the airport's new runway creates additional capacity when it opens at the start of the winter season. So far, Norwegian has announced a route from Copenhagen, but unless there will be further announcements, Frankfurt will be the only German airport in Norwegian's network that it does not serve from Oslo.

The gradual phasing in of additional runway capacity at Frankfurt airport from the start of the winter season has encouraged Norwegian to launch daily (except Saturday) flights from its base at Copenhagen starting on 3 November. No plans have yet to be announced to serve Frankfurt from its other bases in Oslo and Stockholm, but this would appear to be the next logical step. Currently all three routes are a duopoly between fellow Star Alliance members Lufthansa and SAS, with the two airlines operating a total of between seven and eight daily flights.

Route Airline (Weekly Frequency)
Copenhagen – Frankfurt Lufthansa (28), SAS (28)
Oslo – Frankfurt Lufthansa (28), SAS (21)
Stockholm – Frankfurt Lufthansa (28), SAS (20)
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 5 September 2011

In addition Ryanair currently operates three weekly flights from Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) to Stockholm Skavsta (NYO), and three weekly flights from Hahn to Oslo Torp (TRF).

Fifth German airport after Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich

Frankfurt will become Norwegian’s fifth German airport in its network as it already operates flights to Berlin Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich. The carrier’s operations from these airports are summarised in the following table showing current weekly frequency and the route launch date.

Base Berlin (SXF) Düsseldorf (DUS) Hamburg (HAM) Munich (MUC)
Bergen 2 (7 April 2006) *
Oslo 13 (1 April 2004)** 4 (27 March 2006) 3 (31 October 2005) 4 (2 May 2006)
Stavanger 3 (3 May 2007)
Stockholm 6 (1 June 2011) 3 (7 May 2010)
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 5 September 2011
* Bergen – Hamburg services operated briefly during the summer of 2006
** Oslo Rygge – Berlin services operated between October 2008 and March 2010

All four of these German airports are served from Oslo, two from Stockholm and one (Berlin) from Bergen and Stavanger. Frankfurt will become Norwegian’s first German destination from Copenhagen.


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