WHY IT RATES: More than 2 million passengers took trans-Atlantic flights with the airline. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer
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Norwegian has sealed its residence in New York City as the largest non-North American airline to serve the New York and New Jersey area with 2,004,896 passengers carried in 2018. Edging out all other European carriers and overtaking British Airways, Norwegian became the leading airline in transatlantic traffic in a record-breaking year for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, surpassing 50 million international travelers for the first time.
“During a challenging year, Norwegian continued its growth in passenger numbers in a fiercely competitive and critical region, New York City. We see this as a positive indicator that Americans have embraced and continue to support our service and our disruptive model on transatlantic routes. New Yorkers are discerning consumers, so being the number one European airline to serve them is a tremendous honor as we strive to offer the best product, inflight service at irresistible fares moving forward,” said Bjørn Kjos, Chief Executive Officer.
According to the 2018 year-end report issued by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which collects traffic data from Newark Liberty International, John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, Stewart International, Teterboro, and other regional airports – Norwegian carried the most passengers to and from Europe as the leading non-North American airline eclipsing competitors including Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa and several others. The airline was approximately 50,000 passengers short of being tied or surpassing Air Canada to become the leading international airline to serve New York City.
Norwegian currently offers 13 European nonstop destinations from three New York City airports: JFK, Newark and Stewart. Last week, the airline announced new service to Athens from New York, which will launch on July 2.
Overall, Norwegian offers nonstop flights from 17 airports in the United States, with more than 55 nonstop routes to Europe. On March 31, the airline will expand to leading airports including San Francisco International Airport and Miami International Airport, and will add two new nonstop routes from Boston Logan International Airport to Rome and Madrid. Additionally, Norwegian will offer a new nonstop route from Chicago O’Hare International to Barcelona starting this summer.
To book flights, visit Norwegian.com/us and to find the most affordable fares, go to the low fare calendar. Passengers on all of Norwegian’s flights are eligible to join Norwegian Reward, the airline’s award-winning loyalty program to earn CashPoints every time they fly, book a hotel or rent a car. In 2018, Norwegian Reward was named Program of the Year Europe and Africa for the second consecutive year.
SOURCE: Norwegian press release.
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IATA: Damage to Air Travel Will Extend Into 2023
Any comeback by the beleaguered airline industry will extend into 2023, according to new data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airlines’ main trade group.
Long-haul travel will continue to lag behind and passenger fears about flying in general will contribute to the delay, Lonely Planet reported.
IATA estimates that passenger traffic won’t rebound to pre-crisis levels until at least 2023. It expects that global passenger demand in 2021 will be 24 percent below 2019 levels and 32 percent lower than the forecast the association made in October 2019.
The new data is based on a slower opening of economies and relaxation of travel restrictions. Lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders could return if the virus comes back strong in the fall and winter with a second wave, as some health officials have predicted.
In addition, another contributing factor is quarantine measures that have been instituted by various countries as well as individual states in the U.S. According to IATA, 69 percent of recent travelers that it surveyed said they would not consider traveling if it involved a 14-day quarantine period once they arrive at their destination. IATA is asking governments to find alternatives to the quarantine measures.
Of course, all of this is contingent upon the public’s willingness to fly—and instilling confidence in that will take time, said IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.
“To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for the economic recovery, we must not make that prognosis worse by making travel impracticable with quarantine measures,” he said. “We need a solution for safe travel that addresses two challenges. It must give passengers the confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle, and it must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus.”
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