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Norwegian Air Passenger Numbers Plunge 90% in July

Norwegian Air Shuttle announced traffic figures for July on Thursday. Last month, Norwegian carried a total of 356,093 passengers, 90% fewer than in the same period the previous year. The airline’s capacity was 560 million, representing a 94% steep dive when compared to July 2019. The low-cost carrier resumed short-haul flights on July 1 with flights between London Gatwick to Oslo, London Gatwick to Copenhagen, Edinburgh to Oslo and Edinburgh to Copenhagen. Having operated only eight aircraft on domestic routes…

JetSmart Slated to Take over Norwegian Air Argentina Operations

A rumor that began to circulate last week was officially confirmed on Wednesday: JetSmart will take over Norwegian Air Argentina's operations  "effective immediately," as emphasized in a statement issued by the Nordic airline. "To minimize the impact on passengers, JetSMART will continue to operate scheduled Norwegian Air Argentina flights from…

Norwegian’s Argentinian Venture Set to Cease Operations

Amidst local, global and internal factors, Norwegian seems to be taking steps to sell or close its Argentinian subsidiary, Norwegian Air Argentina (NAA).  According to different sources, JetSmart Argentina would absorb the carrier's operations and set foot in Buenos Aires Aeroparque, abandoning El Palomar airport, currently affected by a judiciary…

Norwegian Air Argentina Files Request for U.S. Routes

Just two weeks after the United States and Argentina signed the commitment to amend the existing bilateral agreement regarding commercial aviation, Norwegian Argentina filed a request to ANAC, Argentina's national aviation authority, to operate regular flights to the U.S. The company is bound to present information to ANAC related to…

Argentina’s Market Expansion Showing Its Achilles Heel

Almost three years after it started, the commercial aviation market in Argentina is facing a plain contradiction. While passenger numbers are on the rise, the stability of the system as a whole is decreasing rapidly. Most carriers, both new and old, are reaching a decision point in which the choices…

Interview: Norwegian Air Argentina CEO Ole Christian Melhus

Last week, during the inaugural flight of the new route between Buenos Aires and Bariloche, we got a chance to speak with Norwegian Air Argentina's CEO. Onboard LV-ISQ, NAA's third Boeing 737-800, we reviewed the first month and a half since the beginning of operations, and a quick review of…

Norwegian Air Argentina Begins Operations

October 16 is a date that will be remembered in Argentina as the day the commercial aviation market changed forever. Norwegian Air Argentina, the local branch of the European holding, started operations with three flights onto its first two routes: Buenos Aires to Cordoba and Buenos Aires to Mendoza. Norwegian's…

LATAM Argentina Changes Baggage Policy Following Deregulation, Adopts LCC Leaning…

Following the changes in the Argentinian market and the new players that will begin operations in the upcoming months, the classic operators find themselves needing to find ways to remain competitive. With that in mind, LATAM Argentina has announced a change in its baggage policy which brings it closer to…

Norwegian Air Argentina Is One Step Closer to Taking Off

In early 2017, Norwegian Air Shuttle announced its plans to start operating flights from Argentina as part of its aggressive expansion plan the airline has been putting in place in the last few years. Norwegian Air Argentina was granted permission to fly 153 routes, which were solicited to the Argentinean…

Norwegian Air Argentina Returns Its First Aircraft Before Starting Operations

Due to recent delivery delays, and in a fast-growing demand within the European domestic market, Norwegian Air Argentina is decommissioning its only Boeing 737-800, which will return to Europe and fly routes of its main branch. The aircraft, with Argentinian registration LV-HQH, completed a series of flights and now awaits…