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BERLIN – Norwegian low-cost airline Norse Atlantic Airways has taken another important step in its rapid development by opening a major new route between Berlin, Germany and Los Angeles, USA.
Two very interesting towns in their own right.
To commemorate this inaugural flight, Berlin Brandenburg Airport BER hosted an event inviting members of the press as well as representatives of Norse Atlantic Airways and the airport.
Some industry members were also present, as well as a few politicians.
“It’s fantastic, I think it’s a really nice addition to our capital region. Norse also seem extremely happy. -Thomas Hoff Andersson, COO of Berlin Airport.
Norse Atlantic Airways is a relatively young start-up airline operating from Oslo, Norway, which already has an interesting and promising route network connecting major cities such as New York and Los Angeles to London and Oslo. Berlin is the newest addition to their network and now offers flights to the two aforementioned US cities. Towards the end of the year, Fort Lauderdale, Florida will also be added to the program.
According to the vice-president of the Union of Industry and Trades, Robert Rückel, more than 250 companies and businesses can benefit from a direct connection between BER and LAX.
“Since congresses and fairs are also an important part of Berlin’s economy, it is vital to attract foreign guests to our city,” he adds.
“Such a connection is attractive to a wide variety of people and businesses, a direct flight not only saves time and hassle, but is also much more sustainable than having to transit 3 times,” commented the Berlin minister. of economics, Stephan Schwarz.
Since Los Angeles and Berlin, which have been city partners for 55 years already, are two important locations for the film and art industry, these companies are likely to benefit the most from this new flight.
But companies will not be the only ones interested in such a connection. Norse Atlantic Airways especially tries to meet the needs of young people.
While Disneyland, Hollywood Studios and lavish beaches await tourists to the greater Berlin area, American vacationers are in for a treat with Berlin’s bustling club culture, interesting museums and natural seaside resorts in and around the city. .
Norse Atlantic Airways’ concept revolves around a relatively low base fare for the flight. Travelers can then additionally book seats, baggage and meals to create their bespoke trip. The concept seems to be well received by Berliners:
“The load factor today is 261 tickets sold, we have taken on board around 245 passengers,” said Thom-Arne Norheim, chief operating officer of Norse Atlantic Airways.
“We are very satisfied with the developments at Berlin Brandenburg Airport”
“How serious they are about safety and security…entering the United States is highly regulated, and this new system will help us and improve the process,” adds Norheim, referring to a new operational feature that will be introduced to the BER where passengers can pre-book their security screening slot to streamline the entire airport experience.
According to Berlin Airport COO Thomas Hoff Andersson, this is the first time such a system has been implemented in Europe.
He is obviously very keen to have flights to the United States from his airport: “I think it is very important, not only for the airport of course because in the end, we are the airport of the capital region . This is good for economic and tourism development and will strengthen the transatlantic partnership.
“What is not to like in our region, there is something for everyone, gastronomy, sport, nature, history, celebration…”
“As an airport, we have very close links with many airlines, and there is always an ongoing dialogue”
“It’s the dynamic of this industry, you build relationships, you see opportunities, and when both parties are ready, those opportunities will materialize,” Andersson commented on potential new carriers at BER, hinting at an exciting future for the airport.
Regarding the future of Norse Atlantic Airways, however, COO Thom-Arne Norheim was more direct and announced the opening of another European base.
It is Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in France with a daily flight to JFK airport in New York from December 9.
Fleet and route, there are currently no other publicly known plans. We will certainly follow the development of Norse Atlantic Airways with great interest and wish them the best and always good landings!