Norwegian officially opens Barcelona base

Norwegian has celebrated the opening if its new crew base in Barcelona, which the company says is important to its overall international growth with Barcelona strategically important for the company’s future long-haul plans.

Barcelona is Norwegian’s sixth base in Spain, along with Madrid, Alicante, Malaga, Las Palmas and Tenerife. Norwegian also has bases in all the Nordic countries, in addition to the UK, the United States and Thailand.

“We are very pleased to have an up-and-running base in Barcelona,” said Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos. “There’s been a high demand for non-stop flights to and from Spain’s second largest city and the capital of Catalonia. Barcelona is also strategically important for us as we are considering the airport for future long-haul operations.”

From March to October this year, Norwegian expects to fly approximately 700,000 passengers in and out of Barcelona. In the same period last year, Norwegian flew 490,000 passengers in and out of the Spanish city. This equates to a passenger increase of 40%.

Norwegian has three new Boeing 737-800s based at Barcelona-El Prat Airport and has recruited more than 120 pilots and cabin crew locally. In addition, Norwegian is offering four new routes and has increased the number of frequencies on existing routes as of April 2014. Norwegian currently offers 11 direct routes and 69 weekly flights from Barcelona.

The new routes are to: Sandefjord Torp, twice a week on Thursday and Sunday; Hamburg, four times a week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; Berlin, three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and Warsaw, three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The destinations with increased frequency are: Stockholm, now with 13 weekly flights; Helsinki, now with daily flights; and London Gatwick, also now with daily flights.

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