Norwegian salsas its way into Puerto Rico

“Nice to see you, to see you nice!” British television legend, Sir Bruce Forsyth was on hand at London Gatwick Airport on 4 November to help launch Norwegian’s new direct link from the UK airport to San Juan in Puerto Rico, where Forsyth’s wife, Lady Wilnelia, originates from. She is also the only Puerto Rican to be crowned Miss World. The route between the Gatwick and San Juan will operate twice-weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays and be flown by the carrier’s 787-8s.

Cocktails and deck chairs welcomed the passengers of the first Norwegian flight from Stockholm Arlanda to San Juan. Lena Rökaas, COO Stockholm Arlanda was able to make things official, with the help of the inaugural flight crew, at the ribbon-cutting. Photo credit: Micke Bayart.

  • Norwegian used the second week of November to start four new routes from four of its bases – including three long-haul services, one each from London Gatwick (LGW), Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) and Stockholm Arlanda (ARN). As a result of this predominantly long-haul new route expansion, the average sector length of these routes is 6,212 kilometres (up from 4,290 last week) – with the longest route being the 8,530-kilometre Stockholm Arlanda to San Juan (SJU) airport pair (last week it was the 8,530-kilometre Stockholm Arlanda to Las Vegas route), while the shortest is the 2,590-kilometre link from Gran Canaria (LPA) to Birmingham (BHX) – the LCC’s fifth route from the UK airport. Last week the shortest airport pair was the 1,410-kilometre Spanish domestic rotation from Malaga to Gran Canaria. The average weekly frequency of the new routes was 1.25, down from last week’s result of 1.8. This was due in no small part to the three new low weekly frequency long-haul operations.
Launch date From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
3 Nov Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) San Juan (SJU) B788 (1)
4 Nov London Gatwick (LGW) B788 (2)
6 Nov Gran Canaria (LPA) Birmingham (BHX) B738 (1) Monarch Airlines (3), Thomson Airways (2), Ryanair (1)
Copenhagen (CPH) San Juan (SJU) B788 (1)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 10 November 2015. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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