Norwegian becomes biggest non-US airline in New York

The low-cost carrier has overtaken British Airways, Lufthansa and Emirates

Budget long-haul carrier Norwegian has become the biggest non-US airline serving New York.

The airline carried 1.67 million international passengers to and from three of the Big Apple‘s and New Jersey’s airports, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s most recent traffic report.  

Norwegian carried 1.67 million international passengers to and from three ofNew York's and New Jersey’s airports — Norwegian Norwegian becomes biggest non-US airline in New York
Norwegian carried 1.67 million international passengers to and from three of New York’s and New Jersey’s airports — Norwegian

Since the beginning of 2018, Norwegian’s passenger numbers to and from the city have been constantly increasing. In July, the carrier managed to overtake British Airways, Lufthansa and Emirates and reach the top spot.

Bjørn Kjos, Norwegian chief executive and founder, said: “Passenger numbers by the NY/NJ Port Authority further endorses the strong demand for lower fares on lucrative transatlantic routes as we flew more customers to and from New York than any other international airline in the 12 months to July 2018.

“Fares have been too high for too long as transatlantic routes have been long dominated by carriers with outdated legacies running on fumes.

“In 12 months, 1.67 million customers benefited from the fantastic value we offer and Norwegian will continue to spread its wings to the Big Apple with a third-daily service between London and New York JFK from 28 October.

With more than 32 million passengers, the biggest airline in New York is United, followed by Delta with 30.1 million and Jetblue Airways with 17.4 million passengers.

Norwegian has been operating 16 routes from three airports in the New York City area – John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International and Stewart International Airport. The carrier flies to and from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Bergen, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Guadeloupe, London, Madrid, Martinique, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Shannon and Stockholm.

The airline launched its first route to New York on 30 May 2013 from Oslo and Stockholm on 31 May 2013.