Starting on 9 November, four flights per week will depart Rome Fiumicino for the Big Apple with Norwegian. To celebrate the first flight on the new New York Newark route, a special ceremony was attended by: (front row, third left) Thomas Ramdahl, CCO Norwegian; (front row, fifth left) Fausto Palombelli, CCO Aeroporti di Roma; and (front row, sixth left) Federico Scriboni, Head of Airline Traffic Development Aeroporti di Roma. The LCC also launched Los Angeles flights two days later from the Eternal City.
- Norwegian launched its new low-cost intercontinental flights from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) to the US this week. The first flight for New York Newark (EWR) started on 9 November, and the first Rome-Los Angeles (LAX) sector commenced two days later. The LCC has added two 787-8s to its Fiumicino base to operate the services, which will be flown four times weekly and twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) respectively. The former sector will face competition from United Airlines (three times weekly), while the latter city pair is already flown by Alitalia on a three times weekly basis. These new services are added to the LCC’s existing flights from Fiumicino to seven European cities: Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Bergen and Tenerife. The airline has been operating at Fiumicino since 2007, and transported more than 650,000 passengers in 2016. “The long wait is finally over! From today, it will be possible to fly from Rome to New York with comfortable, fast and direct flights with absolutely low-cost fares,” said Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian CCO. Also commenting on the launch was Fausto Palombelli, Aeroporti di Roma CCO: “Choosing Fiumicino as an operating base for the launch of the new transatlantic flights by our partner Norwegian represents another important result in terms of developing air traffic towards the US, the main country for traffic volumes in the long-distance sector. We hope that with this new business model, Norwegian will be able to intercept a wider market segment and promote new demand for direct links between Rome and the US, a highly dynamic market that has already registered a growth of over 7% of passengers in the first nine months of 2017.”