Norwegian Celebrates 20 Years in Italy

A Norwegian Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 in flight.
Photo Credit: Norwegian Airlines

This week, Norwegian has celebrated operating passenger services between Norway and Italy for the last 20 years.

This article will cover the details surrounding Norwegian flying to and from Italy over the past 20 years and the carrier’s current operations to the country.

Norwegian’s 20 Years in Italy

Photo Credit: Bene Riobó, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

April 2, 2024 was the date of the 20 years anniversary of Norwegian flying to Italy from its home country.

The first flight was operated on April 2, 2004, where at 16:40 p.m. the first flight departed Oslo to Pisa with a total of 144 passengers on board.

Since then, the operator has since gone on to fly more than 3.5 million passengers between Norway and Italy.

Following their first service to Pisa, the operator has gone on to operate and expand its Italian flight offerings to Milan, Bergamo, Bologna, Bari, Rome, Naples, Sardinia, Sicilia, Venezia, and Verona.

Current Flight Operations

The following is Norwegian’s flight offerings for this summer between Norway and Italy –

  • Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL)
    • Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
    • Milan Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY)
    • Rome Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
    • Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA)
    • Verona Airport (VRN)
    • Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
    • Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ)
    • Naples Airport (NAP)
    • Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport (BRI)
    • Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA)
    • Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport (PMO)
    • Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB)
  • Stavanger Sola Airport (SVG)
    • Milan Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY)
  • Bergen Flesland Airport (BGO)
    • Milan Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY)
    • Rome Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

Senior Comments

Commenting on their latest Italian milestone, Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer, Magnus Thome Maursund, says, “Italy has so much to offer tourists from the Nordic countries and based on a growing interest from our customers we launched several new routes last year.”

“This summer we will fly to 11 destinations, operating 19 routes with 13 daily flights to and from Italy.”

Adding to Maursund’s comments, the Market Specialist Tourism for Innovation Norway, Elisabeth Ones, adds, “The cooperation with Norwegian stretches back to the very first flight to Italy and it is nice to see the positive development.”

“Never have there been more direct routes between our two countries and the number of direct routes has increased over the years resulting in a growth in the number of Italians visiting Norway. Norway continues to be a popular tourist destination for Italians, and they seek to explore the fjords and mountains and the midnight sun.”

“Norwegians new and broad route program is warmly welcomed by the travellers and the travel agencies alike. And many choose Norway as their destination solely because of the direct routes. The strong Euro is currently also a main factor as Italians in Norway get good value for money.”

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