Norwegian opens new route from Manchester


Building on the success of the company’s existing flight schedule of 89 direct weekly flights from the UK to nine Scandinavian and Nordic destinations, Norwegian are extending its offering to the UK business and leisure market by adding three weekly departures from Manchester to Oslo Gardemoen from the 31st October 2011.

The launch of this route is based around the incredible interest in Norway for the big Premiership football teams in the North West; but it also represents an opportunity for business and leisure travelers alike to visit Oslo and other key points in the Norwegian domestic and Scandinavian network, all at excellent fares.

“The instant success with the London route has triggered our desire to offer increased flexibility to our passengers. In order to be a competitive player and an attractive alternative for business travellers, it’s important to increase the number of daily flights while keeping low fares,” says Daniel Skjeldam, Chief Commercial Director of Norwegian.

Norwegian, Scandinavia’s second largest airline and Europe’s fourth largest low cost carrier today offers over 90 direct weekly flights from London Gatwick and Edinburgh to Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Alesund and Trondheim in Norway, Copenhagen and Aalborg in Denmark and Stockholm in Sweden and offers onward connections to its large domestic and intra Scandinavian network.

Andrew Harrison, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said: “European connections to major capitals like Oslo are an important part of the network offering from Manchester. We’re pleased that the popularity of Manchester as a tourist destination is available to an increasing number of visitors who are coming to see teams like Manchester City and United. There is so much to see here in the North West and we’re delighted to see Norwegian arriving in Manchester.”

With these new direct flights the money saving Frequent Flier program, Cash Points and fares to Oslo Gardemoen starting from £50 one-way incl. taxes, both business and leisure passengers are certain to find the new route offers significant advantages over indirect options from the North West.

With many of our new Boeing 737-800’s featuring the latest ‘Sky Interiors’ and Wi-fi, Norwegian are leading the way, not only in offering economies, but also an innovatory offer that suits both leisure and business travellers.


For more information
Åsa Larsson, Communications Manager
Mobile: +46 735-22 22 42 Email:


Manchester Airport Press Office on 0161 489 2700 or


Notes to editors:

  • In 2007 Norwegian bought 42 Next-Generation 737-800s from Boeing, an order valued at 18 billion NOK at list prices. 
  • This order has later been increased to 48 aircraft to be delivered between 2008 and 2014. So far, four of these aircraft have been delivered and are currently in operation. Of this pending order it has now increased to a total of 63 aircraft, 44 remain to be delivered. 
  • Norwegian is currently replacing its older Boeing 737-300 faster than planned. In 2012 the airline will have a fleet of 63 Next-Generation 737-800s. 
  • Subsequently, the fleet will be increased additionally by Norwegian-owned 800s and a number of leased aircraft.


Published on: 30/09/2011 17:09:13