Norwegian Air plans further U.S. expansion

Boeing 787 Norwegian Air Photo by Steve Bates, Norwegian Air

Low-cost airline Norwegian is expanding its low-cost long-haul network with a 55% increase in the number of flights to the US from next summer.

Brits will have more affordable choices to visit the US with a sharp increase in the number of flights from 22 to 34 flights per week on Norwegian’s popular long-haul routes from Gatwick Airport.

Norwegian is the only airline offering UK passengers direct low-cost travel to the US, with all flights using brand new state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to match high-quality with affordable fares. The airline has more than doubled its long-haul passengers from London Gatwick in the past year and will continue its rapid UK growth in 2017.

On top of that US Department of Transportation has approved Norwegian Air International’s (its Irish subsidiary that can take advantage of EU regulations and laws) application for a foreign carrier permit. This approval finally makes it possible for the airline to plan the Cork to the U.S. routes.

But not only Dreamliners will run the show. Norwegian will become the launch customer of the new Boeing 737 MAX in May 2017. With the new aircraft type will operate transatlantic flights from the Northeastern US to various European destinations, currently not served from the US. The airline confirmed that at least four of the 737s will be based in the Greater New York City area and the Greater Boston area next year. The airlines’ low-cost model will likely see the aircraft not based at major airports, but instead at Stewart Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, New York and TF Green Airport (PVD) in Providence, Rhode Island. The airline is also exploring flights from both Bradley Airport (BDL) in Hartford, Connecticut and Portsmouth Airport (PSM) in New Hampshire among others.

In Europe it is expected to establish bases at Edinburgh Airport (EDI) — which may also see the Boeing 787 Dreamliner operations — and Riga Airport (RIX). Both bases are due to open in 2017.