Oslo-based Norwegian Air could finally announce on Wednesday the looming resumption of up to 76 of its routes including several to Southern Europe. The airline, struggling along with all others, aims to put 12 of its aircraft back in service from July 1.
The airline has only had eight of its 156 aircraft in service since April, after the Corona crisis halted most travel in March. Now it intends to increase both domestic service within Norway and resume flights to Spain and Greece along with several other European cities.
“It’s great to be able to stand here today and report that we’re opening up again,” Norwegian’s CEO Jacob Schram told state broadcaster NRK. He also said the reopening of routes will recall around 600 laid-off Norwegian Air employees back to work.
Foreign ministry officials, however, were quick to point out that national travel advisories still apply, and they still warn against travel to destinations in Sweden and outside the other Nordic countries. Travel insurance firms were thus also warning that they won’t cover claims involving travel to places not on the ministry’s approved list of travel destinations.