Norwegian Airlines new direct flights from Barcelona to the US nonstop transoceanic flights between Barcelona and the United States this Monday 5 June 2017

Norwegian Airlines new direct flights from Barcelona to the US started this Monday,  at 2:30, the first flight connecting Barcelona the Catalan capital with Los Angeles took off from El Prat Barcelona Airport with a total of 254 passengers out of the 291 seats available on this flight.

Norwegian’s Communications and Institutional Relations Manager, Alfons Claver, explained that in the coming days more than 5,000 passengers will board one of the new routes the company is offering to the United States, figures that, according to him, demonstrate “the underlying need for direct flights”.

The Scandinavian airline is offering 255,000 seats between Barcelona and the United States from this Monday until the end of the winter season 2017-2018. There will be four weekly flights to New York-Newark, three to Los Angeles and San Francisco-Oakland and two weekly flights to Miami-Fort Lauderdale.

Alfons Claver explained his company “see a significant business opportunity in Barcelona.” Emphasizing that “200,000 passengers flew between Barcelona and California last year without direct connections” and thus the Scandinavian airline thinks “there’s a market for such trips.”

Alfons went on to say “Barcelona is a very high profile city, among global cities,” but when it comes to the airport of Barcelona “the connections are not at the same level.” He, therefore, argued that there is “room for improving” and airlines like Norwegian, as well as other companies, help to improve Barcelona’s airport, “putting it on the same level as the city itself,.”

The Scandinavian airline is offering 255,000 seats between Barcelona and the United States between this Monday and the end of the winter season 2017-2018. Specifically, there will be four weekly flights to New York-Newark, starting on June 6; three to Los Angeles, starting this Monday; three flights to San Francisco-Oakland beginning Wednesday, June 7; and two weekly flights to Miami-Fort Lauderdale beginning on August 22 this year.

Norwegian is also planning to open new routes to Latin America, since the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires, “is an excellent opportunity,” according to Alfons Claver. “We’re looking for opportunities all the time.”

The first flight was with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, from Barcelona to Los Angeles. Claver stressed that the company has been working “for months” to launch this project, and he was satisfied with the reservation figures,  “in the first 10 days of operation, more than 5,000 passengers will fly with Norwegian from or to the United States”. “This is a remarkable achievement, which shows that there was a demand for direct low-cost flights, to the United States.