11 DECEMBER 2017
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As well as developing a network between the UK and long-haul destinations including a Gatwick – Buenos Aires link in February (BTN 15 May), the Norwegian Air operation is now turning its attention to connections between Italy and Argentina.
Having begun flights between Rome and the US, the carrier has received a 15-year licence to connect Italy and the South American city using the Boeing B787 Dreamliner.
Civil aviation authorities in Argentina said the approval includes non-stop services between Buenos Aires and Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino, in a development welcomed by Norwegian Air director Alfons Claver.
He noted the airline’s British subsidiary Norwegian Air UK would begin to operate the Gatwick – Buenos Aires route on Valentine’s Day and the second half of 2018 would now see the Argentine subsidiary, Norwegian Air Argentina, serving South American domestic and intercontinental routes.”
Milan has no direct flights to Argentina, while on Rome the competition will be with Alitalia and Aerolíneas Argentinas, with both air carriers scheduled to cover Buenos Aires.
Norwegian Air says it also plans to connect Argentina to New York, Los Angeles, and Istanbul, using a fleet of up to 70 aircraft and plans a major recruitment drive to support the new operation.
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