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Norwegian Air Shuttle Celebrates 20 Years of International Service

Norwegian Air Shuttle is today celebrating their launch of international service. On April 5, 2003, three Norwegian aircraft took off from Oslo Airport Gardermoen for destinations in Portugal and Spain.

Norwegian Air Shuttle Celebrates 20 years of international flights. From left to back: Carl Hampus Stefan Hessel, Lars Eriksson, Mika Sihvonen, Daniel Larsen, Jonathan Emil Graf and Ayman Mustafa Alsayyed Ali. Front: Lukasz Toczko and Christina H. Gabrielsen. Employees from Red Handling and Norwegian pilots and cabin crew – Courtesy Norwegian Air Shuttle/Mynewsdesk

On Wednesday (April 5, 2023), Norwegian Air Shuttle marked the 20th anniversary of their first international flights. On April 5, 2003, the first three Norwegian aircraft took off form Oslo Airport Gardermoen for Faro in Portugal and Malaga and Murcia in Spain. Since that time, around 17 million guests have traveled with Norwegian from Norway to Portugal and Spain. Portugal and Spain continue to be holiday favorites for Norwegians, and the carrier will serve three destinations in Portugal and nine in Spain. New service to Porto, Portugal will commence on June 23, 2023. From Norway, the carrier offers direct service to Spain from Stavanger, Haugesund, Bergen, Trondheim, Ålesund, Torp and Oslo.


In Wednesday’s announcement, Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer, Magnus Thome Maursund, said,


“The routes we launched at the time were well received, and thanks to continued trust from customers, we have been able to expand the route network and our offer year on year. From the first routes to Portugal and Spain, this summer we fly to 116 destinations, of which 13 are completely new this year.”


For Summer 2023, Norwegian routes to Spain include service to Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Ibiza, Las Palmas, Madrid, Palma and Tenerife. The carrier’s Portugal network includes flights to Faro, Lisbon and Porto. In total, Norwegian will operate 80 aircraft this summer with service on 300 routes to 116 destinations.


Norwegian Air Shuttle was established in September 2002 with four domestic routes. The carrier is the largest Norwegian airline and currently employs approximately 4,500 team members. Most employees are based in Norway in Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen and Stavanger, or at the company’s head office in Fornebu. The carrier also has offices in Riga and Barcelona, as well as bases in Alicante and Malaga.


Norwegian has been voted ‘Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline’ by Skytrax for the last six years. Norwegian’s loyalty program, Norwegian Rewards, has also been voted ‘The Airline Industry’s Best Loyalty Program in Europe/Africa’ at the Freddie Awards four years in a row. In 2019, Norwegian became the first airline to sign the UN Climate Action Programme, committing to becoming climate neutral by 2050. The carrier currently offers affordable flights on a short-haul network of destinations in the Nordic countries and to key European destinations.



Source: Norwegian Air Shuttle/Mynewsdesk

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