The low-cost carrier announces separate new destinations from Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.
Later this year, the budget carrier Norwegian will launch three new routes from the Nordic capitals – to Aqaba in Jordan, Tel Aviv and Orlando.
From November 1, a new direct route opens from Copenhagen to the Jordanian resort town of Aqaba with one weekly departure on Thursdays. The announcement arrives just a month after the opening of Norwegian’s route to the capital of Jordan, Amman, and increases its presence in the Middle East.
“Aqaba is an exciting expansion of our Jordan operation with plenty of potential,” said Thomas Ramdahl, the company’s commercial director.
The route puts Norwegian in even greater confrontation with Royal Jordanian, which started flights between Amman and Copenhagen on June 3, three times a week year-round.
The airline says that “the extension to the coastal city of Aqaba is an expression of the great potential Jordan has as a holiday destination for Danes and other Scandinavian tourists”.
“With Aqaba on the route map, we make it even easier to experience historic Jordan, dive at the coral reefs or just laze at the beach,” Ramdahl said. “Jordan has huge potential as a tourist destination. The climate is good, there are lots of amazing undiscovered sights and the flight takes only about five hours from Copenhagen.”
He added that there is “easy access” to “the distinctive desert of Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea and the ancient city of Petra”, and the possibility to combine a trip with neighbouring Israel, where Norwegian has routes to and from Tel Aviv.
Norwegian has also announced a new direct route twice a week between Oslo and Tel Aviv, starting October 31, which it describes as “a modern city with nice beaches and a vibrant nightlife”.
The airline is also upping its frequencies in the winter schedules between Oslo and a number of destinations: Stockholm, Copenhagen, Palma, Edinburgh, Gdansk, Hamburg, Munich, Paris, Riga, Tallinn, Vienna, Malaga, Alicante, Antalya, Belgrade, Madeira, Pristina, Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
There will also be several more departures on the domestic network between Oslo and Stavanger, Tromsø, Bodø and Kristiansand.
And Norwegian launches flights twice a week between Stockholm Arlanda and Orlando, Florida, on October 29.
“Despite flight taxes and thus limited growth in Sweden, Norway still wants to show that Sweden and Stockholm Arlanda can get new long-haul routes,” the airline said in a statement, referring to the new flight tax in Sweden.
“Despite the air tax, Norwegian wants to contribute to accessibility in Sweden – even if it is not to the extent that the company had planned and wanted.”