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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SAS announces reduced loss and pins hopes on summer flights

Scandinavian airline SAS narrowed its losses in the second quarter, the company said Thursday, as it set its hopes on an easing of coronavirus restrictions this summer.

SAS announces reduced loss and pins hopes on summer flights
A SAS aircraft taking off in Paris. Photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The earnings report came a day after the governments of Sweden and Denmark announced another round of aid to the ailing carrier.

From February to April, SAS booked a net loss of 2.43 billion Swedish kronor ($292 million, 240 million euros) — 30 percent smaller than in the second quarter last year.

The company also reported an improved operating profit “for the first time since the pandemic’s outbreak, both year-on-year and compared with the previous quarter,” pointing to its cost cutting efforts.

However, the number of passengers in the period declined by 140,000 compared to the first quarter, to 857,000.

This caused revenue to fall to 1.93 billion kronor, a 15 percent drop from the preceding quarter and 63 percent from a year earlier.

“The increase in vaccination rates provides some hope for the relaxation of restrictions, and an increase in demand ahead of the important summer season,” chief executive Karl Sandlund said in a statement.

However, the CEO also noted that “many customers are now increasingly choosing to book their tickets much closer to their travel dates, which makes it difficult to predict demand during the summer.”

SAS also said it expected claims from passengers of up to 150 million kronor after a European court ruled in March that customers should be compensated over disruptions due to a pilots’ strike in 2019.

After cutting 5,000 jobs last year — representing 40 percent of its workforce — SAS announced Wednesday an additional credit line of three billion kronor from the Danish and Swedish governments, its main shareholders, to get through the crisis.

The airline received a similar loan and a capital increase last year.

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