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Airline Norwegian launches 34 new routes

Popular no-frills airline Norwegian has announced it will open 16 new direct routes from Norway in January 2012, including tourist-friendly flights to the wildly beautiful Lofoten Islands and getaways to Corsica, Reykjavik and Kiev.

Airline Norwegian launches 34 new routes
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In all, 34 new routes of all types will launch during the year. The company calls it a major expansion, especially in Scandinavia.

Northerners in Andøya and Andenes will have direct air transit to Oslo for the first time in decades. For tourists, it looks like the end to transfers at Bodø to lighter turbo-prop planes.

The flyer's most popular routes out of Sweden, Denmark and Finland will also see more frequent flights, with some 40 existing routes set for an increase in departures.

Norway remains the company's focus, as Bergen and Trondheim also benefit from the route expansion.

Norwegian’s new 2012 routes include the following:

  • OsloGardermoen to Ajaccio in Corsica, Andøya (near Lofoten), Bratislava, Kiev, Reykjavik, Skiathos (Greece).
  • Torp (Sandefjord) to Antalya, Bergen, Berlin, Evenes, Las Palmas, Nice, Palma and Trondheim.
  • Bergen to Edinburgh.
  • Trondheim to Berlin.

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Airline Norwegian posts 15 billion kroner loss after nightmare 2020

Low cost airline Norwegian has registered a loss of 14.9 billion Norwegian kroner for 2020, a year in which the company saw a drastic reduction in passenger numbers and was on the brink of bankruptcy.

A file photo of a Norwegian Air Shuttle plane in Finland.
A file photo of a Norwegian Air Shuttle plane in Finland. Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva / AFP

Low cost airline Norwegian has registered a loss of 14.9 billion Norwegian kroner for 2020, a year in which the company saw a drastic reduction in passenger numbers and was on the brink of bankruptcy.

The company published its annual results on Friday, revealing the huge operating loss.

Norwegian’s 2019 result, a loss of around 1.7 billion kroner, had put the company in a difficult position even prior to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The coronavirus outbreak and its consequent travel restrictions reduced the company’s passenger numbers to 6.9 million in 2020. That is 29 million fewer than in 2019.

Not all of the loss is due to fewer passengers. Around half of the company’s devaluation is attributed to a depreciation of the value of its aircraft fleet, news wire Ritzau reports.

“2020 was an exceptionally demanding year for air travel and for Norwegian,” CEO Jacob Schram said in a statement on the annual results.

“In light of that, the result for the fourth quarter (of 2020) is not surprising. Unfortunately, the majority of our employees are furloughed and many have lost their jobs – in part because of the closure of long distance services,” he added.

The company was already in debt prior to the pandemic and is now under bankruptcy protection in Ireland and is undergoing similar process in Norway.

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