LONDON — New York and Chicago will be getting two all-new seasonal European services to Athens and Barcelona, catered by the low-cost carrier, Norwegian.

The airline will begin service from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Barcelona-El Prat (BCN) starting June 7, as well as from New York (JFK) to Athens (ATH) on July 2.

Both routes will be operated until October 26, as soon as the sumer season comes to an end.

“Norwegian is fully committed to the United States and has answered our passengers’ growing demand for more destinations from both New York City and Chicago,” said Matthew Wood, SVP of Commercial Long Haul and New Markets for Norwegian.

“Already serving most of Europe’s top destinations, Athens is an exciting addition to our transatlantic route network. Barcelona, which we added two and half years ago from the U.S, is performing so well that we are adding both a new route, from Chicago, and increasing frequencies from both New York City and Los Angeles,” he added.

The New York to Athens route will operate on a four times weekly schedule. With this new service, Norwegian offers 13 European nonstop destinations from the New York City area.

Norwegian is rapidly becoming a major Transatlantic operator in the US East Coast area, now ranked as the largest non-American airline to serve the area, as noted by the Porth authority of New York and New Jersey.

PHOTO: Norwegian Air.

Elena Kountoura, the Minister of Tourism of the Hellenic Republic declared that this new Norwegian service will cater to the large amount of passengers who choose Greece as a summer holiday destination.

“This news is a response to our call for enhancing air connectivity between Greece and the United States and we thank Norwegian for answering the demand,” she said.

New Chicago-Barcelona Link

Norwegian announced that the new Chicago to Barcelona service will operate also on a four times weekly schedule.

Together with the Los Angeles (LAX), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), and Newark (EWR) to Barcelona services, the Spanish city is also rapidly becoming an important Norwegian gateway to the USA.

The airline claims that the LAX-BCN rotation will increase to six weekly flights, and the EWR-BCN will also climb to daily rotations.