May 14, 2021

Norwegian rectifies and keep its bases in the Canary Islands operational – La Provincia


Norwegianhas made areevaluation of its operationsin Spain as a strategy to move from growth tocost effectivenesswith which it has determined the elimination of six unprofitable routes from Madrid, as well as continuing with the bases of Tenerife Sur and Gran Canaria, whose closure announced at the beginning of the year.

As for the bases in Tenerife South and Gran Canaria, whose closure announced last January, Norwegian has decided to continue its operation due to the new competitive environment – influenced by the bankruptcy ofThomas Cookand the closing of bases ofRyanair-. Therefore, after acommercial analysis, the company has concluded that Norwegian "is in a much better position in the Canary market".

The airline will offer 18 routes from Gran Canaria and another 13 from Tenerife, 40% of all offered in Spain. From Gran Canaria you will fly to Oslo Gardermoen and Oslo-Sandefjord / Torp, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim in Norway; Copenhagen, Aalborg and Billund in Denmark; Stockholm, Gothenburg and Karlstad in Sweden; Helsinki and Oulu in Finland; Reykjavik in Iceland; London Gatwick in the United Kingdom; Munich and Hamburg in Germany; and Malaga in Spain.

For its part, from Tenerife it will have connections with Oslo Gardermoen and Bergen in Norway; Copenhagen in Denmark; Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden; Helsinki and Oulu in Finland; Reykjavik in Iceland; London Gatwick in the United Kingdom; Munich and Hamburg in Germany; and Alicante and Malaga in Spain.

Routes eliminated in Madrid

During the winter season, the airline will stop operating the routes between Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport with Stockholm and Palma de Mallorca, which will stop operating on October 27, and Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Tenerife South and Gran Canaria, which will end January 8

Therefore, Norwegian will offer a total of 79 routes in Spain in the coming winter season, including five long-distance routes to the United States, at nine airports in the Peninsula, Balearic and Canary Islands. The company has already initiated discussions with union representatives to ensure that such route reevaluation has the least possible effect on crews based in Madrid.

As a result of the same process of evaluating the performance of its routes, Norwegian will continue to serve Madrid from a limited number of cities. For the 2019-2020 winter aeronautical season, the airline will operate daily flights to Oslo and London Gatwick in the short radius; and routes to Los Angeles and New York JFK in long radio.



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