Wondering when European long-haul LCC Norwegian will bring its fleet to Canada? Keep an eye on 23 July 2018. That’s the date the carrier intends to launch service according to filings approved last week by the Canadian Transportation Agency. The filing in question exempts Norwegian from compliance with certain Canadian regulations around the sale of tickets for the service, though Norwegian will still be required to hold a proper operating license by the start of operation. The application for such is in process.
Norwegian is the latest carrier to announce Transatlantic LCC intentions. Canada is long served by Air Transat and WestJet, of course. Plus the Rouge arm of Air Canada delivers LCC offerings on many international routes. European carriers Level and Primera are also poised to fly between Europe and Canada starting in Summer 2018. And now Norwegian joins the fun as well. In many cases the service is not daily, suggesting that there is room for all these airlines to compete. It could also bring a glut of capacity and the attending fare wars that consumers tend to enjoy.
Specific routes or destinations for Norwegian’s new Canadian service are not yet announced. Service could be handled on the carrier’s 787s for larger/longer markets or on the 737MAX fleet on thinner routes from Ireland or the United Kingdom.
Header Image: Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos at London Gatwick in front of one of the company’s 787s. CC BY 3.0.
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