Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, London Gatwick Airport, and Philip Allport, Director of Communications, UK & Ireland, Norwegian, along with Norwegian cabin crew, are seen celebrating the launch of the carrier’s new four times weekly service to Rio de Janeiro Galaeo on 31 March. Image credit: Chase Burns.
Rome Fiumicino Airport celebrated the launch of Norwegian’s service to Boston on 31 March, the airline’s fourth transatlantic route from the Italian gateway after Los Angeles, New York Newark and Oakland. Cutting the cake that was made for the launch are Federico Scriboni, Head of Airline Traffic Development, Aeroporti di Roma, and Amanda Bonann, Sales Executive, Norwegian. The airline will operate Boston service four times weekly using 787-8s.
- Norwegian launched its first routes to Brazil and Canada on 31 March, with the low-cost carrier connecting London Gatwick (LGW) with Rio de Janeiro Galaeo (GIG), while Dublin (DUB) is now linked with Hamilton (YHM). Services on the 9,230-kilometre link to Brazil will be flown four times weekly using 787-9s, while the service between Ireland and Canada will be operated by 737-800s. Along with these two routes, Norwegian has also introduced three long-haul services to the US, including its first operations to Miami (MIA) and San Francisco (SFO), as the carrier switches its Fort Lauderdale and Oakland services from Gatwick to the two former airports. The airline’s third US route launch this week connects Rome Fiumicino (FCO) with Boston (BOS), the only route of the five that will face direct competition, while all London services will see some indirect competition from Heathrow. Finally, the carrier commenced based operations from Billund (BLL) on 1 April, starting services to Malaga (AGP), a route already flown by Ryanair. Although it is initially flown twice-weekly, Norwegian will increase Billund to Malaga services to four times weekly in the coming weeks.
|London Gatwick (LGW)
|Rio de Janeiro Galaeo (GIG)
|San Francisco (SFO)
|Rome Fiumicino (FCO)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 2 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.