Posted on: 09 July 2015 by Ross McSweeny
From 25 October, Norwegian will roll out a string of new routes within Spain, linking Madrid with daily flights to Gran Canaria and Tenerife North, connecting Barcelona with Gran Canaria, Tenerife North and Fuerteventura, and operating from Malaga to both Gran Canaria and Tenerife South.
Norwegian will be offering 10,416 weekly seats into the Canary Islands market, a figure that amounts to over 230,000 seats in the first winter season. The airline will be the first to offer free WiFi connection onboard Spanish domestic flights.
“[This] announcement represents Norwegian’s coming of age in Spain,” declared Bjørn Kjos, Norwegian’s founder and CEO. “Figures speak volumes: Norwegian offers 133 routes in and out of 15 Spanish airports, of which six are operating bases, and employs almost 900 people in the country. One-fifth of our entire fleet is based here. The launch of this first batch of seven domestic routes makes our commitment to Spain all the more evident.
“What’s more, today’s launch is first and foremost a move for the public good, for it will help reverse the trend whereby the market between the Continent and the Canaries was suffering a constant reduction in capacity with a commensurate increase in the price of air fares. In that way, our move into the Spanish domestic market will bring about better service, lower fares and therefore more choices in the benefit of the Spanish consumers,” Kjos added.
The Tenerife North and Gran Canaria services to Madrid both begin on 25 October and are daily departures.
The Barcelona–Tenerife North service is four times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning on 26 October. Gran Canaria will receive three weekly departures, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, also with a start date of 26 October. Flights from Barcelona to Fuerteventura will be thrice-weekly departures, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with the service starting on 27 October.
The Malaga service to Tenerife South will operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays and will begin on 26 October. Malaga–Gran Canaria flights will also be twice-weekly – on Fridays and Sundays – and the service will begin on 30 October.