Posted on: 28 November 2013 by Mark Howells
Norwegian has announced plans to establish a new base in Barcelona, Spain, in spring 2014 and also launch new routes from there to Sandefjord Torp, Hamburg, Berlin and Warsaw.
The Barcelona base will be Norwegian’s sixth base in Spain, along with Madrid, Alicante, Malaga, Las Palmas and Tenerife.
“We have decided to open a new base in Barcelona to meet the demand for non-stop flights to and from Spain’s second largest city and the capital of Catalonia. It is strategically important for us to establish a base in Barcelona, as we are considering the airport for future long-haul operations,” explained the carrier’s CEO Bjørn Kjos.
Norwegian will have three new Boeing 737-800s based at Barcelona-El Prat Airport and recruit more than 100 pilots and cabin crew locally. In addition, it will launch four new routes and increase the number of frequencies on existing routes as of April 2014.
The Barcelona–Sandefjord Torp service will operate twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays from 3 April. Between Barcelona and Hamburg there will be four return flights a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, also from 3 April.
The Barcelona–Berlin route will get three roundtrip flights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 April and the Barcelona–Warsaw service will operate three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 3 April.
The destinations from Barcelona getting increased frequencies are Stockholm (13 weekly flights), Helsinki (daily) and London Gatwick (daily) all from 31 March.