16 AUGUST 2021
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In something of a comeback Norwegian has released its ex-UK summer 2022 programme. It will connect the UK and Ireland to Scandinavia with 142 weekly flights. In total, across its European network, Norwegian will offer 259 routes from the Nordic area as a result of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements easing and consequently demand for flights increasing.
With its long-haul operation disbanded and a concentration on short-haul operations in May of this year it was able to raise some £700m in capital, has retained its British Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and remains a member of Airlines UK. (See Norwegian Reborn BTN 31 May.)
“Norwegian is now well equipped to look ahead to 2022, although we will continue to some extent to be affected by the pandemic as the industry begins to recover. We have considerable flexibility in the use of our aircraft, and after the restructuring we have lower debt, an adapted fleet and organisation, and we have received new capital. It has been a tough time, but the result is that we are stronger now than before the pandemic,” said Geir Karlsen, CEO, appointed in June of this year. (See BTN 28 June.)
The flying schedule for the summer 2022 season includes Gatwick to Oslo, Stavanger, Trondheim, Bergen, Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen with a total of 115 weekly flights; Manchester to Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen and Stockholm with a total of eight weekly flights; Edinburgh to Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen with a total of 15 weekly flights; Dublin to Oslo and Copenhagen with a total of four weekly flights.
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