Norwegian Air Shuttle to open a Helsinki base

Norwegian Air Shuttle ( (Oslo) has announced it will open a new Finnish base at Helsinki’s Vantaa airport. At the same time it will also introduce two Finnish domestic routes and expand the current international destinations from two to eleven. Three Boeing 737 aircraft will be based in Helsinki.

As the second largest airline in Scandinavia and the third largest low lost airline in Europe, Norwegian serves a total of 238 routes to 93 destinations both domestic and international.

By entering the Finnish domestic market, Norwegian further increases its foothold as a major Nordic player. Today, the airline has domestic operations in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The new Finnish routes include Helsinki-Oulu and Helsinki-Rovaniemi. Four daily flights will serve the Helsinki-Oulu route and one daily flight will operate between Helsinki and Rovaniemi. The first flight departs on March 31 2011.

Norwegian has since late April 2010 operated several daily flights between Helsinki and Stockholm and Helsinki and Oslo. In the spring of 2011 Norwegian will introduce nine new international destinations departing from Helsinki’s Vantaa airport: Copenhagen, Malaga, Nice, Crete (Chania), Rome, Barcelona, London Gatwick, Split and Alicante.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren. The latest new Boeing delivery is this Boeing 737-8JP LN-NOX (msn 37818) with the tail of Christian Krohg. The new airliner was accepted on September 8 and prepares to land on runway 01R at Stockholm (Arlanda).