Norwegian to restart 76 routes from next month

Norwegian Air Shuttle is reopening 76 routes from July 1, many of them linking Scandinavian capitals to Mediterranean holiday destinations.

Norwegian to restart 76 routes from next month
One of Norwegian's 737-800 takes off. Photo: Norwegian
The routes include those between Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm and holiday destinations such as Malaga, Split, Dubrovnik, Palma de Mallorca, and Alicante. 
“To everyone who wants to travel with Norwegian this summer, I have a happy message: We will be in the air with more planes, and we will reopen a number of the routes customers have requested,” Norwegian's chief executive Jacob Schram said in a press release
He said that after SAS had announced the restart of string of new flights in June, Norwegian had to catch up. 
“Now that the competitors are also starting again with large parts of their offerings, we must also enter the competition and thus contribute to society gradually returning to normal,” he said. 
Putting another 12 aircraft into service will mean bringing 900 pilots and cabin crew back from temporary unemployment, of whom 600 are in Norway, he said. 
“I am very happy that we are now getting many of our Red Nose Warriors back to work and back in the air to take care of our customers.”  
The airline has produced a video explaining what measures are in place to reduce the spread of infection (in Norwegian). 
Here are Norwegian's routes from Oslo from July 1. 
Here are Norwegian's routes from Copenhagen
Here are Norwegian's routes from Stockholm 

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‘We agree to disagree’: Still no progress in marathon SAS strike talks

By lunchtime on Friday, talks between the Scandinavian airline SAS and unions representing striking pilots were still stuck on "difficult issues".

'We agree to disagree': Still no progress in marathon SAS strike talks

“We agree that we disagree,” Roger Klokset, from the Norwegian pilots’ union, said at lunchtime outside the headquarters of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise in Stockholm, where talks are taking place. “We are still working to find a solution, and so long as there is still some point in continuing negotiations, we will do that.” 

Mats Ruland, a mediator for the Norwegian government, said that there were “still several difficult issues which need to be solved”. 

At 1pm on Friday, the two sides took a short break from the talks for lunch, after starting at 9am. On Thursday, they negotiated for 15 hours, breaking off at 1am on Friday morning. 

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Marianne Hernæs, SAS’s negotiator on Friday told journalists she was tired after sitting at the negotiating table long into the night. 

“We need to find a model where we can meet in the middle and which can ensure that we pull in the income that we are dependent on,” she said. 

Klokset said that there was “a good atmosphere” in the talks, and that the unions were sticking together to represent their members.

“I think we’ve been extremely flexible so far. It’s ‘out of this world’,’ said Henrik Thyregod, with the Danish pilots’ union. 

“This could have been solved back in December if SAS had not made unreasonable demands on the pilots,” Klokset added. 

The strike, which is now in its 12th day, has cost SAS up to 130m kronor a day, with 2,550 flights cancelled by Thursday, affecting 270,000 passengers.