99% of Norwegian’s seats touch the Nordics; it has added 12 European airports to its map this year

Norwegian OSL-SKP

Norwegian has undergone considerable changes in the past few years. Among many other things, it withdrew all its Boeing 787s, leaving a narrowbody-only fleet. It ended long-haul flying, focusing instead on its core short-haul Nordics markets. It closed many different AOCs and units, including Norwegian Air Argentina. Most recently, it acquired the regional Norwegian carrier Widerøe, which operates separately.

Norwegian now consists of two AOCs: Norwegian Air Shuttle (IATA code DY), which operates virtually all flights to, from, and in Norway, and Norwegian Air Sweden (D8), which operates everywhere else. Planespotters.net shows that DY has 45 aircraft: 39 737-800s and six MAX 8s. D8 has 42 aircraft: 26 737-800s and 16 MAX 8s.

99% of Q3 2024 seats touch the Nordics

According to Cirium schedules information, Norwegian (DY and D8 combined) capacity has increased by about 8% year-on-year but is down by 31% compared to Q3 2019, when multiple other AOCs existed with a far broader network. The difference reflects Norwegian’s massively changed focus from growth to its core Nordics markets and hopefully a stronger future.

Nordic flying has risen from 70% in 2019 to 99%, with a much bigger emphasis on Norway and Denmark, but not Sweden or Finland. Non-Nordic flying has fallen from 30% to just 1%. There are four such routes, all new for 2024:

  • Munich-Malaga (started on 31 March; 3-weekly)
  • Munich-Alicante (1 April; 2-weekly)
  • Riga-Corfu (4 May; 2-weekly)
  • Riga-Tivat (4 May; 2-weekly)

Norwegian changing geography Q3

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Oslo is number one; London, Malaga and Alicante are all important

Analysing Cirium data shows that Norwegian serves 122 airports in Europe and North Africa in Q3 2024. The Middle East no longer sees its frames.

Oslo is very firmly Norwegian’s most-served airport. It has twice the available seats as second-placed Copenhagen. It has 103 Oslo routes, with 16 being domestic. Yet the international market accounts for 56% of its capacity, with Copenhagen, Stockholm ARN, and London LGW the leading markets.

LGW is Norwegian’s top airport outside the Nordics, with eight routes to Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden in Q3. It has 119-weekly departures from LGW in July (up to 20-daily). With a quarter of Q3 capacity, it is the leading operator between London and the four countries, although SAS is not far behind (22%).

Top 10 Norwegian airports Q3 2024

12 airports have been added to its map since last year

Comparing Norwegian’s network to 2023 indicates that 12 airports have joined its route map, as follows. Half have been served before. In contrast, two airports that saw it in Q3 2023 – Bornholm and Tel Aviv – have been cut.

  • Aarhus (joined its network on 31 March 2024)
  • Bardufoss (1 February 2024); last served in 2021
  • Bodrum (4 June 2024)
  • Basel (2 June 2024)
  • Istanbul IST (14 April 2024); served SAW between 2008 and 2015
  • Ljubljana (29 April 2024)
  • Lakslev (1 April 2024); last served in 2019
  • Lyon (27 January 2024); last served in March 2023
  • Toulouse (3 June 2024)
  • Valencia (5 April 2024); last served in 2009
  • Wroclaw (1 April 2024); last served in 2022
  • Zadar (23 June 2024); last served in 2019

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