Low-cost long-haul start-up Norse Atlantic Airways is adding routes between Germany and the United States to its network.
The Norway-based airline said daily flights between Berlin (BER) and New York JFK (JFK) will start from August 17, 2022, while flights between BER and Los Angeles (LAX) will operate three times a week from August 19, 2022.
“For far too long the vibrant and culturally diverse city of Berlin has been subjected to poor direct transatlantic connectivity,” commented Bjorn Tore Larsen, CEO of Norse Atlantic Airways. “Our extremely competitive fares and direct flights will allow customers to now finally enjoy affordable and convenient travel between Germany and the US.”
Currently only United Airlines flies direct from the German capital to New York. The US carrier in March scrapped plans to add a direct route to Washington DC from May 2022. Passengers wishing to travel to the United States from Berlin usually have to transfer, for example at Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) hubs in Frankfurt or Munich or via hubs from other carriers in Paris or London
“These two new routes will provide a direct and cost effective option, saving both money and time, for local and international businesses when choosing to travel to and from the US or taking advantage of our cargo services,” said Larsen.
The airline, which will operate a fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, said prices will start at €160/$120 one-way for JFK with LAX to start from €189/$138 one-way.
Norse Atlantic’s first flights are set to take off from June 14, 2022 from Oslo, Norway to the US. The start-up has also announced plans to start London Gatwick-JFK flights from August 12, 2022.
Of its planned fleet of 15 Dreamliners, Norse Atlantic is sub-leasing four to Spanish airline Air Europa, thus bringing in additional cash during its start-up phase.