Norwegian commenced services on a new route from Helsinki on 29 October, beginning a twice-weekly operation to Gdansk. Mikko Komi, Key Account and Business Development Manager, Finavia joined the first flight’s captain to cut the ribbon and officially launch the Polish connection. This 766-kilometre route will face competition from Finnair, which already serves the airport pair five times per week.
Captain Miguel Martin and his crew get in the Disney spirit ahead of Norwegian’s inaugural flight from Stockholm Arlanda to Orlando on 29 October. The LCC will operate this 7,796-kilometre transatlantic connection twice-weekly with its 787-8 fleet and faces no direct competition.
There was a warm reception in Krabi for Captain John Woolfson and the crew of Norwegian’s first flight from Oslo Gardermoen, which arrived in Thailand on 29 Ocotber, having departed Oslo on the evening of the previous day. They were welcomed by representatives from Krabi Airport, the Tourism Authority of Thailand – Krabi office and Thai Airways ground handling.
Montreal celebrated becoming the first Canadian airport to welcome Norwegian services on 29 October, with the arrival of the carrier’s first fight from Pointe-a-Pitre. Cutting the impressive three-tiered route launch cake are: Martin Masse , VP Public Affairs, Montreal Airport; Anders Lindstrom, Director Of Norwegian-North America and Willy Rosier, GM Tourism board of Guadeloupe.
- Norwegian has launched eight new routes in two days to kick-start its winter schedule. They include two new connections from each of Oslo Gardermoen (OSL), Rome Fiumicino (FCO), and Stockholm Arlanda (ARN). The carrier also launched its first service to Canada, with a new link from Pointe-a-Pitre (PTP) in Guadeloupe, to Montreal (YUL). The average sector length on the eight new airport pairs is 4,028 kilometres. The shortest sector is the 389-kilometre connection between Arlanda and Tallinn (TLL), while the longest is the 9,106-kilometre link from Gardermoen to Krabi (KBV). Weekly frequencies on the eight new routes range from two to seven. Five of the airport pairs face competition from incumbent carriers.
||Oslo Gardermoen (OSL)
|Rome Fiumicino (FCO)
|Tel Aviv (TLV)
||Alitalia (28), El Al (11), Ryanair (7), Vueling (4), Bluebird Airways (1)
|Stockholm Arlanda (ARN)
||LOT Polish Airlines (25), SAS (19), airBaltic (12)
||Air Canada (2)
|Stockholm Arlanda (ARN)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 30 October 2018. WF = Weekly frequencies.