Air Travel: New Flights to Los Angeles, London
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Big expansions from Austrian Airlines and Norwegian lead this week’s air travel news in the meetings and events industry.
Austrian Airlines recently began its new, non-stop service between Vienna, Austria, and Los Angeles, California. Austrian Airlines will initially be operating a five times weekly service on the new route; starting June 13, this number will increase to six flights per week.
Austrian Airlines provides passengers connecting in Vienna with access to the Austrian Star Alliance Terminal, which enables connections in as little as 25 minutes. Vienna's city center can be accessed in as quick as 16 minutes using the Vienna Card, which Austrian Airlines arranged through partnerships, offering passengers up to 210 discounts on museums, tourist attractions, theaters, concerts and more.
In low-cost carrier news, Norwegian has announced that it will establish a unit in Argentina with 10 Boeing Co. 737 narrow-body jets by the end of this year and expects to transport between 2 to 3.5 million people in its first full year of operations in the country.
Norwegian also recently announced it will launch flights from both Denver International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to London’s Gatwick Airport this September. With these additions, Norwegian now offers nine nonstop routes from across the United States to London.
Service from Denver to London will launch on September 16, with twice-weekly flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays during the summer season. Service will increase to three times per week, adding Thursdays, beginning November 2 during the popular winter season. Service from Seattle to London will launch on September 17, with four flights per week on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays.
As far as the Argentina flights go, the carrier has applied for an air-operating certificate from authorities in the South American country and is now seeking rights to serve domestic routes there. The network would link up with planned flights to Buenos Aires from cities such as London, Paris, Barcelona, Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm using Boeing 787 wide-bodies.