Norwegian, the low-cost airline, has stationed a fourth plane at Malaga for this summer season. This decision will allow the airline to operate 170 direct non transfer flights per week, offering 31,620 seats per week, flying to 18 different destinations. Norwegian is the second biggest airline in Norway and third in the ranking of low-cost in Europe, with 24 million passengers in 2014.
This company’s strong growth in Spain, which established its first base at Malaga Airport in 2012, has helped it reach, for the first time ever, the 1,000,000 passenger mark last year. This number allowed the company to join the select group of airlines to surpass the million mark at Malaga along with Ryanair, Easyjet and Vueling.
Oslo based Norwegian stressed the importance of expanding the number of planes at Malaga in terms of job creation, estimated to be around thirty new positions. The airline has six bases in Spain. Besides Malaga, Norwegian has planes in Alicante, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Madrid and Barcelona. He noted the rapid progression, due to the large demand in the Costa del Sol area, in which they had two planes in 2012, three last year and one more this year.
For the 2015 summer season, the airline will increase of their routes from 16 to 18, adding direct connections to Birmingham and Edinburgh, with three flights a week each. They are also increasing the number of weekly flights to Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Sources from the company said that in the case of the Norwegian capital, they will be increasing the number of flights from ten to twelve. The Stockholm route will have ten flights a week, when last summer they only flew eight times. The Danish capital flights will be increased to thirteen from twelve, said Alfons Clavens.