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Norwegian biggest non-US carrier in New York

The Scandinavian airline has relatively quickly surpassed its competitors for largest numbers of flights to and from New York by a foreign company.

Norwegian has become the non-US airline with the most passengers to and from the New York area over the past 12 months.

At the end of February, it announced it was in the running for the title of being the largest European airline travelling to and from the city in 2018, with just over two million passengers during the year, beating major competitors such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Lufthansa.

The Scandinavian company had been behind Air Canada, however, which flies to New York from seven different cities in Canada, by approximately 50,000.

But Norwegian has now also beaten Air Canada. In the latest statistics from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey covering the 12-month period from February 2018 to February 2019, Norwegian surpassed Air Canada by 11,800 passengers.

It had a total of 2,078,847 passengers during the period, while Air Canada had 2,067,047. British Airways took third place with 1,663,263 passengers, while Emirates is in fourth place with 1,275,473. Virgin Atlantic is fifth with 1,223,573.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey gathers traffic data from the airports John F Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro.

Quick rise
Norwegian has taken first place over other international carriers in New York less than six years after it flew its first trip across the Atlantic. It travelled from Oslo to New York JFK on May 30, 2013, and at the same time also started a route from Stockholm to JFK.

The airline currently flies from 11 European destinations to New York, where the company serves three airports, JFK, Newark and Stewart. It flies up to three times a day on the route between London Gatwick and JFK.

From its beginnings in 2013 through 2018, Norwegian has flown more than 4.6 million passengers to and from the New York area.

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