Norwegian to restart short haul flights from UK from July

Norwegian has said that following other European carriers, the airline will begin to operate flights between London Gatwick to Oslo, London Gatwick to Copenhagen, Edinburgh to Oslo and Edinburgh to Copenhagen from July 1.

The services from London to Oslo will be operated seven times a week, London to Copenhagen six times a week, and Edinburgh to Oslo and Copenhagen twice a week respectively.

Jacob Schram, Norwegian CEO said: ‘Feedback from our customers has shown that they are keen to get back in the air and resume their travels with Norwegian beyond the current domestic services that we have been operating. Norwegian is returning to European skies with the reintroduction of more aircraft to serve our key destinations which will ensure that we remain in line with competing carriers.

‘Safety remains our top priority and we have introduced a number of specific measures to further reduce the already low risk of infection on board.’

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, said: ‘The restart of regular Norwegian services from Gatwick is very welcome news and reflects the strength of the relationship and success the airline has had at Gatwick in recent years, as well as the fact that consumer demand is picking up as more people want to start flying again.

‘The wellbeing and safety of passengers and staff remains Gatwick’s top priority and – combined with the health measures announced by Norwegian -today’s news demonstrates that we are starting to see small green shoots of recovery.’

Since April Norwegian has only operated eight aircraft on domestic routes in Norway. From July Norwegian will operate 76 routes across Europe from the airline’s Scandinavian hubs compared to the 13 domestic Norway only flights served today. Other destinations include Spain, Greece and key European cities. Further destinations and frequency increases will be announced in due course subject to passenger demand and government travel restrictions, it said.

The airline has introduced new protective safety measures to minimise the risk of infection onboard its aircraft, including: compulsory facemask for travellers who are six years and older, as recommended by the European aviation authorities; maintaining physical distance during boarding and deboarding; minimise queuing in the cabin with hand luggages placed under the seat in front; seating passengers with as much distance as possible, while mid row seats will be the last to be occupied; no onboard catering so as to minimise the contact between customers and crew, as well as thorough disinfection of the aircraft.

Ryanair announces three new Manchester routes for Summer 2020

Ryanair, the European regional airline, has announced three new Manchester routes to Copenhagen, Kerry and Paris Beauvais commencing in March 2020, as part of Ryanair’s extended UK Summer 2020 schedule.

As per the announcement Ryanair will operate a daily service to Copenhagen, twice weekly service to Kerry and four times weekly to Paris Beauvais. Ryanair has also announced extra flights on its Manchester Summer 2020 route to Shannon in Ireland, increased from five to six weekly frequencies.

In announcing the three new Manchester routes, Ryanair has launched a seat sale on its European network with fares from £14.99 for travel from now until the end of March 2020, for booking by Thursday (23 Jan), only on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s Eimear Ryan said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce 3 new Manchester routes to Copenhagen, Kerry and Paris Beauvais, commencing in March, which will operate daily, twice weekly and 4 times weekly respectively, as part of our summer 2020 schedule. Customers in Manchester can now book flights to Copenhagen, Kerry and Paris Beauvais as far out as October 2020.

To celebrate these new routes, we are releasing seats for sale on our European network with fares from just £14.99 for travel from now until the end of March 2020, which must be booked by Thursday (23 Jan). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

With the latest expansion, Manchester customers can now book their summer holidays on 66 routes until October 2020.

DFDS accident causes ferry cancellations

DFDS, a ferry line with its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, has had to suspend sailings between the port of Harwich in the UK and Esbjerg in Denmark after one of its ferries collided with the quay in Harwich.

The DFDS vessel, Sirena Seaways, collided with Parkeston Quay on arrival in Harwich around midday on Saturday during its docking procedure. 489 passengers were on board at the time, but no injuries were reported and there was no resultant pollution. However, the vessel does require essential maintenance and as a result all of the company’s sailings between Harwich and Esbjerg have been cancelled for the rest of this week.

Commenting on the disruption, the company said, ‘Our customer sales and service team are in the process of contacting affected passengers regarding the cancellations.’

According to a BBC report, people in the area at the time of the collision spoke of hearing a loud bang as the 23,000-tonne vessel hit the quay.

On impact, the ferry began to let in water and list to its port side. The crew plugged the hole from the inside and built a compartment with watertight doors. The rescue services were also called to attend the scene, including lifeboats, coastguard vessels and an RAF search and rescue helicopter. However, all passengers were reported to have disembarked safely.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is currently carrying out enquiries at the port.

DFDS currently operates 25 routes, with 50 vessels, concentrated mainly on the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the English Channel.