Norwegian Madrid to Los Angeles
A cake cutting ceremony was held on 15 July to celebrate the inaugural flight of Norwegian from Madrid to Los Angeles, with the carrier also using the occasion to toast its route to New York JFK that begins on 18 July. A further transatlantic service to Fort Lauderdale will begin in time for the start of the W18/19 season. Los Angeles will be flown four times weekly using 787-9s, and marks the latest chapter of Norwegian’s battle with US and European legacy carriers.
- Norwegian launched a year-round service to Los Angeles (LAX) from Madrid (MAD) on 15 July, cementing its position as the world’s largest low-cost long-haul carrier according to OAG data. The airline serves the 9,381-kilometre route four times weekly using its 787-9s. Currently, rival Iberia serves the airport pair daily on A330-200s, making Madrid the second Spanish airport where Norwegian is competing with an IAG carrier after Barcelona in the transatlantic market, with the Scandinavian LCC also competing with LEVEL from the coastal city. Norwegian’s new service departs Madrid on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 13:40, arriving in Los Angeles 12 hours later at 16:40 local time. The return leg departs at 18:40, touching down in Madrid at 14:15 the following day. On Mondays, the service departs Madrid three hours later at 16:50. The European LCC will add a second transatlantic service from Madrid on 18 July, a three times weekly rotation to New York JFK, while a fourth to Fort Lauderdale will commence in time for the start of the W18/19 season. See how Madrid Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.