MIAMI — Norwegian Air announced today the introduction of flights from three US cities (Los Angeles, New York/Newark and Oakland/San Francisco) to Rome, increasing the competition US and European carriers face from long-haul low-cost carriers.
The new four-weekly service from Newark to Rome will be launched on November 9, 2017. This route is expected to be upgauged to up to six times per week in February 2018.
Flights from Los Angeles will be launched on November 11. The route will be served two days a week, and subsequently upgraded in February to three weekly flights. Meanwhile, Oakland – Rome service will be launched in February 2018 with two flights per week.
The flights are the latest episode of Norwegian’s aggressive expansion in Europe and the United States. This has increased the pressure on legacy competitors, which have been forced to improve their cabin products and offer lower prices to compete on transatlantic routes.
“Soon Norwegian will offer more transatlantic routes than any other airline in the world. More U.S. routes mean we will create more American jobs and offer American travelers even more affordable fares,” said Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer.
Rome will be the airline’s seventh long-haul European destination served from the US. These flights be served by the carrier’s Boeing 787 fleet.
Norwegian also announced plans to expand its service to the French Caribbean, launching nonstop service beginning in October to Guadeloupe and Martinique from Providence, Rhode Island’s T.F. Green Airport. The US – French Caribbean routes are served by the company’s Boeing 737-800.
In June, Norwegian is set to start the first of 12 new non-stop routes from mid-size cities in the US Northeast to destinations in Ireland and the United Kingdom, all of these operated by the forthcoming Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, though the routes, set to start on June 15, will be initially operated with its Boeing 737-800s.
Norwegian also has more than 20 Dreamliners on order, which will be used to fuel the carrier’s expansion to main US cities. London flights from Denver and Seattle will begin in September.