Norwegian to operate 54 routes from reopened Stockholm base this summer | News
Restructured low-cost carrier Norwegian is due to operate 54 routes from Stockholm Arlanda this summer after reopening its base at the Swedish airport for the first time since the pandemic.
Norwegian experienced a major retrenchment, cut long-haul flights and operated in what it called “hibernation mode” for a year after the pandemic hit. It is gradually rebuilding capacity and previously said it plans to operate 270 routes this summer.
Arlanda airport operator Swedavia said Norwegian plans to operate 54 routes from the Swedish capital this summer. The airline is serving 15 routes from Arlanda this month, including three domestic flights.
Cirium timetable data shows that Norwegian operated 73 routes from Arlanda in June 2019, including routes to five long-haul destinations.
As part of Norwegian’s restructuring, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair opened a base at Arlanda this winter, while Finnair has also launched a number of long-haul routes from the Swedish airport. Lufthansa‘s low-cost unit, Eurowings, will open a base in Arlanda in March, initially with five Airbus A320s.
In the winter, Norwegian has signed letters of intent to lease 13 Boeing 737-800s and for a pair of 737 Max planes for the summer – after removing the latter type from its fleet during its restructuring. Norwegian, which carried just under 6.2 million passengers in 2021, has previously said it expects its fleet to be in the range of 67 to 70 jets by summer 2022. It also reports that it has the option of replacing its incoming 737-800s with 737 Max. or Airbus A320neo.
A message on the carrier’s intranet obtained by FlightGlobal shows that Norwegian executives – including CEO Geir Karlsen, EVP of operations Adrian Dunne, and Tore Jenssen, SVP of internal lessor Arctic Aviation Assets – recently met with a sales and Airbus product. The carrier describes it as “a productive first encounter.”
Arlanda Airport handled 7.5 million passengers in 2021. Although this marked a 15% increase from the 2020 pandemic, it was still 70% down from 2019.