—Norwegian is expanding its low cost, long-haul network from Madrid with a new direct route to Boston, launching flights beginning May 2, 2019. The new connection will have a frequency of three times a week. The carrier will also maintain the four weekly flights to Los Angeles and increase flights to New York, which will go from having three a week to a daily connection in the next summer season of 2019. In total, in the summer season of 2020, Norwegian will offer 283,700 airplane seats from Madrid to the United States.
—Also, Norwegian recently added another 10 transoceanic routes to its winter schedule. in the past week. These include connections from London Gatwick to Tampa, and from Fort Lauderdale to Madrid.
—And finally, Norwegian plans to drop flights from London to Fort Lauderdale and Oakland from next March, replacing them with services to Miami and San Francisco instead. The carrier will operate daily flights from Gatwick to Miami, up from four-weekly services to Fort Lauderdale last summer, and five-weekly services to San Francisco, starting from March 31.
—Kenya Airways made history on October 28th when it launched non-stop flights between Nairobi and New York JFK. “This day and milestone will not only have a history on the aviation industry but also the history of the opening of the Eastern hemisphere,” said Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Monica Juma, who was on board the maiden flight.
—Canadian low-cost carrier Swoop has begun its first flights to the U.S. just in time for the start of the winter travel season. It launched four new U.S. connections in total over last month, including one from Edmonton and three from Hamilton.
—Brazilian budget airline GOL made a return to the U.S. market on November 4th, the day which saw it begin flights from Fortaleza and Brasilia to Orlando and Miami. Flights on the connection between Fortaleza (FOR) and Orlando will be flown five times weekly, while the routes from Brasilia to both Floridian airports will see a daily rotation. The carrier last flew to the United States in 2016.
—Avianca, the flag carrier of Colombia (it turned 99 years old on December 5th) expanded its network from Bogota on November 17th, launching four-times-a-week service to Chicago O’Hare. In the U.S., Avianca already has links to Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Orlando, Miami, New York JFK and Washington Dulles from its base at the Colombian capital airport.
—Low-cost Mexican carrier Volaris has begun service between Leon/Guanajuato airport in Leon (about 235 miles north of Mexico City) and San Jose, California.