Market uncertainty tied to Corona restrictions and government regulation have delayed the launch of new Oslo-based Norse Atlantic Airways. It aims to fill the void left by Norwegian Air’s grounded trans-Atlantic service, but now probably not until next year at the earliest.
“I’m certain that the desire to travel is very strong,” Norse Atlantic founder and chief exectuive Bjørn Tore Larsen told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN), “but there’s lots of uncertainty around restrictions.”
He and his partners plan to restart low-fare flights between Europe and North America after Norwegian Air had to shut down its own intercontinental service last year. They’re lobbying US politicians and aviation authorities in Washington DC, some of whom weren’t pleased with Norwegian’s operations or how its employees lost their jobs when the airline shut down.
Norse Atlantic’s first flights were due to start taking off in December, but now March is more likely. The airline is already planning to use Norwegian Air’s grounded Boeing 787 aircraft and some of Norwegian Air’s former executives are involved in the new operation.