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New Route of the Day (14 April 2024): Norwegian between Oslo OSL and Istanbul IST

OSL-ISTNorwegian commenced a new 2-weekly service between Oslo OSL and Istanbul IST on Sunday 14 April. The 2,430-kilometre route will run on Wednesdays and Sundays with the 737-800 aircraft. The LCC competes directly against Turkish Airlines’ 3-daily service between the two cities.

What they said

Magnus Thome Maursund, Commercial Director at Norwegian, said: “We continue to expand the route network with exciting destinations, and we know that Istanbul is a sought-after tourist destination because the city is rich in both culture and history. We look forward to welcoming customers on board. We are immediately putting behind us one of the best years in the company’s history, and we are in the top tier when it comes to punctuality in Europe. Norwegian is well positioned in the market with an attractive route offer, a modern fleet, and has a high level of trust among travellers.”

Norwegian with over 330 routes in S24

Norwegian returns to Istanbul after eight years. It previously maintained seasonal operations between Oslo OSL and Istanbul SAW from 2011 until 2016. Apart of Istanbul, Norwegian is also serving Antalya, Bodrum and Gaziantep in Türkiye this summer. Services to Antalya are maintained from Bergen, Oslo OSL, Stavanger, and Stockholm ARN, while flight to Bodrum and Gaziantep run from Oslo OSL.

Norwegian is in the process of introducing forty new routes to its network this summer. These include nine new destinations from Norway, 17 from Denmark, nine from Sweden, and two from Finland.

This summer Norwegian will have a fleet of approximately 90 aircraft. They will maintain flights on 332 routes, serving 123 destinations.

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Norwegian becomes Istanbul IST’s 103rd airline

Istanbul IST ended 2023 with over 100 airline customers. To be more precise, 102 with the last new arrival of 2023 being Air Samarkand. This April, Norwegian became the 103rd carrier to serve Europe’s second-busiest airport.

Over the next four years, it anticipates welcoming 100 million travellers per annum. As many as 80 million are forecast to pass through Istanbul IST this year.

Since the pandemic, LCCs, including easyJet, Wizz Air and now Norwegian have shown confidence in Istanbul, seeing value in serving the airport and competing against legacy alternatives as all players operate under a level playing field on the market. However, they have been buoyed by the lack of state-imposed taxes on the aviation sector in Türkiye, as well as the city’s growing popularity among holidaymakers and city-break visitors, keen to explore the metropolis that is Istanbul.

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