With 5.35 million passengers in 2018, Norwegian carried the biggest number to Spain from the five Nordic countries – a market share of 43%.
Destinations in Spain are extremely popular right across the Nordic market, but it is not SAS, Finnair, Iberia, Vueling or Ryanair that fly the most passengers there.
Instead, it is Norwegian, according to traffic figures by the Spanish airport operator AENA, Check-In.dk reports. Out of a total of 263.8 million passengers at 46 Spanish airports, 5.35 million were on the Norwegian low-cost airline’s routes between the Nordic countries and Spain, which corresponds to a Nordics-Spain market share of 43%.
“Norwegian started flying to Spain in 2003 and has continuously built up a solid presence in the country to the great pleasure of both Nordic and Spanish travellers, and not least the Spanish tourist industry” said Helga Bollmann Leknes, commercial director at Norwegian.
“This summer, we offer 65 routes between Spain and Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland, which is more than any other airline.”
This position as the biggest operator between the Nordics and Spain has developed in stages. Since 2008, Norwegian has been biggest between Norway and Spain, and in 2011 it also took over as the largest from Denmark.
Following this, the Swedish market followed in 2013, Finland in 2018, and after the bankruptcy of WOW air earlier in 2019, Norwegian could also put itself on the top spot between Iceland and Spain. In total, Norwegian has 65 routes between Spain and the Nordic countries.