• Joe Breitfeller

Norwegian Air Tops Air Canada as New York City’s Largest Foreign Airline

Norwegian Air announced on Tuesday that for 2019, they have been ranked by the Port Authority of New York and New jersey as New York City’s largest foreign carrier. The airline topped Air Canada in February 2019, carrying over 2 million customers.


Norwegian Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner - Courtesy Norwegian Air

On Tuesday (February 25, 2020), Norwegian Air announced that according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), they surpassed Air Canada as New York City’s largest foreign airline. Topping Air Canada in February 2029, the low-cost long-haul carrier carried 2,057,284 New York City passengers for the full year. Norwegian currently offers eight non-stop European routes from New York-JFK including service to Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, London, Madrid, Oslo, Paris and Rome. Year-over-year, the carrier grew 28.5% at JFK, adding an additional 349,224 travelers. In Tuesday’s announcement, Norwegian Air’s SVP – Commercial Long Haul and New Markets, Matthew Wood said,


“During a challenging and complex year, becoming the largest foreign airline in New York City is remarkable and a testament that our low-cost business model continues to appeal to modern travelers in the United States. With our focus on John F. Kennedy Airport, where we will soon be unveiling biometric boarding for greater efficiency and convenience, our presence will be further enhanced and improved in the forthcoming months. We will strive to solidify our lead in the New York region as we continue to offer our award-winning service to our customers.”


Norwegian Air offers over 40 nonstop routes to Europe from U.S. gateways, more than any other European carrier. The airline is also the largest carrier to Europe in the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles and Florida. Norwegian is the world’s fifth largest LCC, serving over 500 routes to more than 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Thailand, as well as north and South America. The carrier operates a modern fuel-efficient fleet of around 160 aircraft, with an average age of only 4.6 years.



Source: Norwegian Air

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