Norwegian adds Boeing 787 nonstop service to Barcelona and Copenhagen
OAK Emerges as a top California gateway to Europe
Oakland, CA – (Sept. 8, 2016): Together, Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian) announce another major expansion from the increasingly popular San Francisco Bay Area airport to two new high demand destinations in Europe. Norwegian will launch its award winning Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights from OAK to Copenhagen, Denmark on March 25, 2017, followed by Northern California's first ever nonstop service to the Catalonian capital, Barcelona, Spain, on June 7th.
Joining existing service to Oslo and Stockholm, Copenhagen completes the "triple crown" of service to the largest Scandinavian capitals, all three offered from the Bay Area exclusively at OAK. Barcelona is one of the largest and most requested unserved destinations in Europe from the Bay Area. The news follows Norwegian’s new Oakland-London Gatwick service that commenced in May.
The new flights will make Oakland the third-largest California gateway to Europe. Norwegian, by offering nonstop service to more destinations than any other airline, becomes the Bay Area's top choice to Europe.
“The addition of these two highly-sought markets is key for Oakland International Airport,” said Port of Oakland Aviation Director Bryant L. Francis. “Norwegian has been an excellent partner and we’re proud to serve as its Bay Area Gateway.”
“Continued U.S. expansion is key to Norwegian’s global strategy, and we’re excited to announce two new routes out of Oakland International Airport.,” said Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer. “We offer Bay Area residents more nonstop European destinations than any other airline, which means more affordable fares coupled with our award-winning onboard service.”
Norwegian will begin its new services with launch fares starting at $179 one-way to Copenhagen and $199 one-way to Barcelona. Seats are now for sale, and selling fast, at Norwegian.com The lowest fares are subject to availability.
Norwegian will operate Oakland-Copenhagen twice weekly. Oakland-Barcelona will initially operate twice weekly increasing to three times weekly in August, 2017.
Airlines serving Oakland International Airport have now announced or initiated service covering five new international routes in the past four months. In July, Southwest Airlines announced it will launch flights next February to the popular Mexico beach destinations of Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.
ABOUT OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Oakland International is the fourth busiest airport in California and second busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving over 11 million travelers each year, OAK is the closest airport to the region’s top tourism and entertainment venues. It is also the closest airport for most local residents.
The vision of Oakland International Airport is to offer customers a world-class experience and be the airport of choice for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by The Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States.
For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps, and details on shopping, dining, transportation, and more, visit www.oaklandairport.com.
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Keonnis Taylor, MPA