Norwegian adds seasonal routes from NY to Athens and Chicago to Barcelona

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Low-cost long-haul carrier Norwegian has grown its transatlantic route offering after adding new non-stop routes from New York to Athens and Chicago to Barcelona for the 2019 summer season.

Service from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Barcelona-El Prat Airport begins 7 June, 2019; and from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Athens International Airport begins 2 July, 2019. Both new routes will be summer seasonal until 26 October, 2019.

Both new services will be four-weekly and Norwegian will utilise its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners on the connections.

Norwegian senior vice president of commercial for long-haul and new markets, Matthew Wood said the new routes were made to answer demand for more destinations from both New York City and Chicago.

He added: “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.”

Since July 2018, Norwegian is the largest non-North American airline to serve the New York City area, based on passenger numbers, according to data from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Additionally, Norwegian will increase the frequencies of its highly successful Barcelona route to daily service from Newark Liberty International Airport, while the Los Angeles to Barcelona service will increase to six flights weekly.

In total, Norwegian now offers five non-stop routes to Barcelona from the United States: Chicago; Fort Lauderdale; New York City/Newark; Los Angeles; and Oakland/San Francisco.