Norwegian Announces Massive Expansion

Daniel Fowkes
25 Nov 2023
· Routes 
A Norwegian Boeing 737 MAX arriving into London Gatwick

Norwegian has announced a significant expansion to its route network in preparation for the upcoming 2024 summer season.

Many New Routes Coming

Norwegian says 40 new routes have been added to the programme, with nine new routes from Norway alone.

Away from Norway, there’ll be 17 new routes in Denmark, nine from Sweden, and two new routes from Finland.

Ultimately, route expansion is a massive part of Norwegians’ commitment to the Nordic region and offers a robust schedule across key European cities.

Aside from launches from major cities, the airline has also announced plans to begin new point-to-point routes. The following will, therefore, be added to the programme in 2024.

  • Malaga to Munich
  • Alicante to Munich
  • Riga to Corfu
  • Riga to Tivat

Thanks to all these announcements, Norwegian is proud to say their summer programme will comprise 332 routes with 123 destinations featured.

Additionally, by the summer of 2024, the airline aims to grow its fleet to 90 aircraft.

Comments From Executive At Norwegian

Launching these new routes expands our network and offers our customers more choice. From our bases in Europe, we are also starting new point-to-point routes. We are looking forward to a busy summer season and to welcoming our customers on board.

 Magnus Thome Maursund, Chief Commercial Officer in Norwegian.

More Details Around Upcoming Expansion

Norwegian notes it’ll look towards adding key destinations to its summer programme that are both popular and necessary.

Basel, Montpellier, Lyon, Pristina, Zadar, and Bari are all slated to be featured as new destinations.

Ranked as the most punctual airline in Europe across several months this year, the return of Norwegian has been hard to miss.

Our exiting new destinations will take travellers to vibrant European cities and destinations with crystal clear waters and sandy beaches. Our job is to make sure we get our customers to where they want to go and that their journey is as pleasant and smooth as possible.

Magnus Thome Maursund, Chief Commercial Officer in Norwegian.

The Norwegian Fleet

Norwegian operates a narrowbody aircraft fleet, a shift following previous operations, including the Boeing 787.

A decision to remove the Boeing 787s came following a significant shift in strategy alongside attempts to cut costs.

Per fleet data, across its various companies, the group has 76 aircraft in service, all from the Boeing 737 family.

The day-to-day fleet includes 58 737-800s in-service, averaging precisely ten years. These are paired with the next-generation 737-8 with 18 in-service, averaging only 1.8 years.

Looking ahead, Norwegian plans on acquiring more 737 MAX aircraft and was reportedly exploring the 737-10 as a future option for flying.

The airline has been in a fortunate enough position to turn around its fortunes following a troubling late-2010s.

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