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Friday, July 7, 2017


Norwegian Air adding service between Oakland and Paris, Charles de Gaulle (CDG)

By Annie Sciacca

The San Jose (CA) Mercury News



OAKLAND — Oakland International Airport continues to add to its roster of nonstop international flights, and soon, it will start service to one of Europe’s most sought-after destinations.


Norwegian Air will add a new direct service between the Oakland airport and Paris, flying to Charles de Gaulle (CDG), the largest of the Paris-area airports. The flight will operate four times per week (on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays) beginning April 10, 2018, the airport said in a news release. One-way fares to Paris from Oakland will start as low as $229.


The new route to Paris marks service from the Bay Area to the second-largest European market after London and will be the eighth European route from the Oakland airport. Norwegian already offers seven nonstop routes to European cities from the Oakland airport, including to Oslo, Stockholm, London, Copenhagen and Barcelona. It recently announced new service to Rome, which will start in February 2018.


“Norwegian continues to be a key partner in growing Oakland as a gateway to Europe, and the new Paris route makes Oakland International Airport an even easier choice for international travel to and from the Bay Area,” said airport director Bryant Francis in a news release.


Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s chief commercial officer, promised at the time of the Rome service announcement that the airline will “soon offer more transatlantic routes than any other airline in the world.”


Norwegian has said it will launch at least 25 routes out of U.S. cities this year, including 12 transatlantic routes.


The young airline transported 26 million passengers in 2015 and currently operates more than 400 routes to about 130 destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Thailand, the Caribbean and the United States.


The Oakland airport has been on a growth tear, too, and has seen record numbers of passengers and flights in the past year. Thanks to a slew of new international flights, mostly from Norwegian, international operations at the airport increased by 73 percent over the same period last year. British Airways also launched a new direct service to London, and Southwest Airlines began its first international routes — to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico — from Oakland in February.

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