Norwegian Air is adding another new European destination from the United States: Rome.
The service will start in November with non-stop flights from both Newark Liberty and Los Angeles. Flights from Oakland will begin in February. (Scroll down to bottom for schedule details.)
Rome had been under consideration for U.S. flights for some time, Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s chief commercial officer, said to USA TODAY’s Today in the Sky blog.
He noted Norwegian opened a base for European flights in Rome last year, allowing the carrier “to become more known in the Italian market.” With that, “now was the right time to take Rome out as a long-haul destination.”
Norwegian will begin selling the Rome flights Wednesday morning. Fares from Newark will begin at $189 one-way and at $229 from L.A. and Oakland.
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Norwegian, which billed itself as “the world’s fastest-growing airline” in announcing the new service, has been on a torrid U.S. expansion spree during the past few years. With the Rome routes, Norwegian will be flying a total of 52 non-stop routes to 13 European destinations from 12 U.S. gateways.
Norwegian also announced adjustments to the handful of routes it flies from the U.S. East Coast to the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Among the changes, Norwegian’s Caribbean flights from Boston will shift to Providence. And the carrier will not resume seasonal service to the islands from Baltimore/Washington International, where the flights did not meet financial expectations, according to Ramdahl. Norwegian also flies to Guadeloupe and Martinique from Fort Lauderdale and New York JFK and will boost frequencies from both airports this winter.
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