Norwegian switches two more Oakland routes to San Francisco

posted on 8th July 2019 by Justin Burns

Norwegian has moved two existing routes from Oakland International Airport to San Francisco International Airport as it continues to rejig its transatlantic long-haul network.

The two nonstop services to Barcelona-El Prat Airport and to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, starte this winter season. This follows the change of the London Gatwick service from Oakland to San Francisco on 31 March earlier this year.

San Francisco to Barcelona service will launch 28 October, 2019, and operate twice weekly during the winter season. San Francisco to Paris will launch 30 October 30 and operate twice weekly during the winter season.

Norwegian’s summer seasonal service to Copenhagen, Oslo, Rome and Stockholm will remain at Oakland International Airport.

The airline said some year-round routes will become summer seasonal only services as demand is lower during the winter season, and aircraft will be utilised to operate more profitable long-haul routes elsewhere within the network, which is aligned with the airline’s focus on return to profitability.

Ten previously year-round long-haul routes from the US will not operate this winter, but some might return for the winter season 2020/21. Las Vegas to London and Orlando to Stockholm have been discontinued indefinitely.

This summer, Norwegian is operating 188 weekly flights from the US to Europe, compared to 163 weekly flights summer 2018, 85 in summer 2017, or 19 in summer 2016. This winter, it will operate 113 weekly flights from the US to Europe, compared to 150 weekly flights winter 2018/19, 119 in winter 2017/18 or 78 weekly flights winter 2016/17.

“After a thorough review of our long-haul network and given that some U.S. markets are highly seasonal, it is a natural step to focus our operations this winter on counter seasonal routes that are more profitable, such as Asia, and also looking into growing our South America network,” said Matthew Robert Wood, senior vice president commercial long-haul and new markets, Norwegian.

In the winter 2019/20 season Norwegian will not operate Boston – Paris; Chicago – London; Denver – London; Fort Lauderdale – Copenhagen; Los Angeles – Copenhagen; Los Angeles – Oslo; Los Angeles – Rome; New York JFK – Copenhagen; New York JFK – Stockholm; and Orlando – Oslo – as it did last winter.

The carrier continues to offer close to 50 nonstop transatlantic routes and more than 550 routes overall. Most recently, the airline launched new nonstop service between New York JFK and Athens; Chicago and Barcelona; Boston to both Madrid and Rome; to London from both Miami and San Francisco; as well as Hamilton (Canada) to Dublin.