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Norwegian is expanding yet again. The low-cost carrier, famed for its international expansion connecting the US to Europe, announced on Wednesday that it’s adding new new nonstop routes out of Boston (BOS). In addition, Norwegian’s announced that it’ll be relocating its London operations to the larger airport in two US metropolitan areas.
Beginning March 31, 2018, Norwegian’s operation between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and London (LGW) will move 21 miles to Miami International Airport (MIA). In addition, its operation between Oakland International Airport (OAK) and London (LGW) will switch to nearby San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
In addition to the airport moves, Norwegian also announced that its expanding its presence out of Boston (BOS) with the following two new routes:
- Boston (BOS) to Rome (FCO) — beginning March 31, 2019, operating 4x weekly
- Boston (BOS) to Madrid (MAD) — beginning May 2, 2019, with 3x weekly service
Both of the new routes will operate only during the summer season. Norwegian already operates nonstop service from BOS to Paris (CDG) and London (LGW).
The new routes aren’t yet on sale as of time of writing, but Norwegian says that BOS-FCO will start at $300 one-way in economy and $780 one-way in Premium. The BOS-MAD route will launch with fares starting at $200 one-way in economy and $640 one-way in Premium. You can read reviews of Norwegian’s Premium cabin here, and of its economy cabin here.
Finally, as part of Wednesday’s announcement, Norwegian is doing something it hasn’t done in quite some time. While we’ve typically seen Norwegian suspend service on many routes — like from Newburgh (SWF) to Edinburgh (EDI) and Belfast (BFS) — Norwegian is adding frequencies on the following routes for its summer 2019 schedule:
-Denver (DEN) to Paris (CDG) — 2x weekly ⇒ 3x weekly
-Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Paris (CDG) — 2x weekly ⇒ 3x weekly
-Los Angeles (LAX) to Paris (CDG) — 6x weekly ⇒ daily
-Los Angeles (LAX) to Madrid (MAD) — 3x weekly ⇒ 4x weekly
-Los Angeles (LAX) to Rome (FCO) — 3x weekly ⇒ 4x weekly
-New York (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) — 4x weekly ⇒ daily
-Oakland (OAK) to Rome (FCO) — 2x weekly ⇒ 3x weekly
-Orlando (MCO) to Paris (CDG) — 1x weekly ⇒ 2x weekly
At the forefront of Norwegian’s struggles recently have been engine issues with its Boeing Dreamliner aircraft, as well as increasing fuel costs, which have directly hit Norwegian’s bottom line of low fares. The carrier’s expansion announcement on Wednesday shows that operations — and demand — could be on the rise at least for the time being.
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