Norwegian adds three more TATL destinations to its US coverage

A brand new 787-9 taking me to London. There's a radome on top to protect the antenna that delivers inflight connectivity; alas the service is not yet installed
A brand new 787-9 taking me to London. There's a radome on top to protect the antenna that delivers inflight connectivity; alas the service is not yet installed

Madrid, Amsterdam and Milan are joining the Norwegian Airlines Transatlantic route map. The rapidly growing carrier will add four new routes starting between May 2018 and July 2018 connecting to New York City and Los Angeles. Introductory fares start at $199 or $229 each way depending on the route and are available now.

Service from Los Angeles International Airport to Madrid will launch on July 16, 2018, and will operate four times per week. Service to Milan-Malpensa Airport will launch on June 18, 2018, and will also operate four times per week. Service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Madrid-Barajas Airport will launch on July 18, 2018, and operate three times per week. Service to Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport will launch on May 7, 2018, and will operate four times per week.

More new TATL routes from Norwegian
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Supporting the new routes also means hiring additional crew. To that end Norwegian is opening a new base at Los Angeles International Airport will open in Q1 2018 with plans to hire 150 cabin crewmembers. The airline already has four crew bases for cabin crew and pilots in the U.S. With more U.S.-based cabin crew than any other airline, Norwegian is also the only foreign airline recruiting American pilots to be based in the U.S.

2017 has been a year of exponential growth for Norwegian in the United States. Next year, we will continue our vigorous expansion and we plan to make three of Europe’s most exciting cities so much more affordable and easier to reach for American travelers. We are not slowing down our quest to provide Americans with low fares and a high-quality onboard experience. – Bjørn Kjos, Norwegian’s Chief Executive Officer

The carrier also hinted at further Transatlantic service from its London-Gatwick hub in Summer 2018. It acquired 28 weekly slots at the airport from Small Planet Airlines and is currently evaluation options for that service. The relatively small number of slots seems slightly disappointing in comparison to British Airways’ score from the now-defunct Monarch Airlines. Still, the opportunity to add a few more destinations from London should add to the 60+ routes Norwegian flies across the Atlantic today.

Norwegian is quick to point out that it will offer the only year-round service from Los Angeles to Milan and Madrid, though not daily in either market. At New York’s JFK both the Amsterdam and Madrid service face competition in the form of multiple daily flights from multiple airlines. That will quickly become a most interesting market to watch as pricing and inventory adjust to the new services.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. finally …. NYC-AMS and NYC-MAD are strangleholds of Skyteam and oneworld respectively with rivals barely offering token competition. Norwegian will finally bring prices back to the normal levels, not the JV-oligopoly ones.

    From JFK+EWR, Norwegian is now offering nearly as many transatlantic destinations as AA (and not even counting the specialized offerings out of SWF)

  2. Regarding this: “Norwegian is quick to point out that it will offer the only year-round service from Los Angeles to Milan and Madrid” I think sometimes when an airline points out something like that, it needs to ask itself if there might be a reason no one else is doing that, aside from the possibility that other airlines aren’t aware airplanes are capable of flying between those cities.

    1. Indeed, though most legacy carriers seem to be more keen on daily service, especially to larger cities. Norwegian has no compunction about going 3-4x weekly and growing or shrinking from there.

    2. That’s true. It’s a different threshold when you don’t feel the need to have to justify daily or nearly daily service. (Still, the more new flying Norwegian does, the less money it makes.)

      1. I think part of this is that LCC play by a different rule book: Another legacy airline might choose not to compete on those “monopoly routes”, because their cost structure is the same, launching the route would be costly and they think in terms of taking market share.
        Norwegian (like other LCC) is not only taking market share, they also create new demand, ie their prices make shorter long-haul trips feasible (as an alternative to local trips or longer vacations) and can increase air traffic on those routes!
        And, yes, new routes have a start-up cost – but I’d say it’s not at an exponential rate, but rather a diminishing rate, ie hiring the first US pilot is a lot more expensive than the 20th or 100th… and in the longer term, they can very well be profitable on these routes…
        I’m excited about all the LCC developments on North Atlantic routes. Sure, some might not work out, but it’s still great for consumers…

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