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Norwegian was scheduled to start reopening US routes in December this year. Now it looks like the plans have been postponed until March 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a huge decline in demand for travel to the United States. This applies to all airlines, but perhaps especially a company like Norwegian where leisure travellers are a very important part of the passenger base.
Many airlines have started reopening their US routes, and manage to keep them alive thanks to high demand for shipping. Sources at SAS, for example, informed InsideFlyer that one of its San Francisco flights last week went out with 50% occupancy in the cabin and full cargo. We can probably imagine that Norwegian is to a much greater extent dependent on passengers on board to achieve profitability.
Restart 28th March 2021?
The latest update we have received shows that the first possible departure will be on 28th March 2021. However, this may of course change again.
The updated timetable currently looks like this:
- London Gatwick – Boston 4 departures a week from 28 March 2021 (5 times a week from 5 May)
- London Gatwick – Denver 3 departures a week from 29 March 2021 (4 departures a week from 24 May)
- London Gatwick – Los Angeles 5 departures a week from 28 March 2021
- London Gatwick – Miami 3 departures a week from March 29, 2021
- London Gatwick – New York JFK 1 departure per week from 28 March 2021
- London Gatwick – Orlando 4 departures a week from 28 March 2021
- London Gatwick – San Francisco 4 departures a week from 28 March 2021
A version of this article first appeared on InsideFlyer Denmark.