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What are Norwegian’s plans in Argentina?

Argentina gives Norwegian Air Argentina an Air Operator’s Certificate. What next?

The South American subsidiary of low-cost airline Norwegian, Norwegian Air Argentina (NAA), has received an Air Services Operator Certificate from the country’s national government.

The document recognises the company as a commercial airline and certifies that it complies with safety and quality standards to carry out air traffic operations and activities in accordance with Argentine law.

Now the company can pursue its goal of launching its first flight at the end of May.

The first Argentinian low-cost flight was completed just this weekend, by Flybondi, which sent a Boeing 737-800 into the air from its base in Córdoba, Argentina.

But NAA is right on its heels. The first Norwegian aircraft landed on January 15 at Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport, where it will be readied for start-up during the spring.

With operational permission in place after setting up a holding company in Argentina a year ago, NAA can now build up its administration in Buenos Aires.

“This is a new milestone for Norwegian,” said Bjørn Kjos, Norwegian CEO. “The approval means that we can quickly offer the Argentineans cheap flights in new, convenient aircraft.”

Where to?
Initially, Norwegian aims to fly from Buenos Aires to Córdoba, Mendoza, Ushuaia, Salta, Tucumán and Iguazú, but the long-term plan is to have far more routes, both domestic and international.

“Norwegian has received a nice reception from the authorities in Argentina, who want more competition in the market. Now, full focus is on offering affordable flights to millions of passengers, which will help create new jobs, economic growth and increased tourism,” explains Ole Christian Melhus, Norwegian Air Argentina’s managing director.

NAA expects to deploy between 10 and 12 Boeing 737-800 aircraft by the end of the year, all of which will be fitted with 189 seats with wi-fi installed.

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