NORWEGIAN AIR INTERNATIONAL has announced that it is investigating the potential of direct long-haul flights from Malaga to the United States and other destinations.
The Irish subsidiary of Norwegian Air has just received a provisional foreign air carrier permit from the US Department of Transport, which also opens the possibility of flights to Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
The original application was submitted in 2013, and confirmation comes as the airline added its tenth Dreamliner to its long-haul fleet.
“A final approval, subject to the Open Skies Agreement between the United States and European Union, will benefit both customers and the economy on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Norwegian founder and CEO Bjørn Kjos.
The low-cost subsidiary Norwegian Air is now the fourth largest in Malaga, after Ryanair, Vueling and Easyjet, transporting 1.25 million passengers to and from the provincial capital in the 12 months between April 2015 and March 2016.
Malaga airport will also offer two new connections this summer, with Spanish no-frills airline Volotea offering flights to Toulouse (France) every Tuesday and Saturday, and Croatian operator Sea Air flying to Paderborn (Germany) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.