Norwegian plans nonstop flight to Rome from Oakland

Oakland International Airport and low-cost airline Norwegian will launch a nonstop route to Rome from Oakland in early 2018, the latest in its growing collection of international flights. The flights will begin Feb. 6, 2018, with a twice-weekly service between Oakland and Rome. The route to Rome joins other nonstop routes that Norwegian has launched between Oakland and Europe, including a direct flight to Barcelona that begins June 7, and flights that have been running to London, Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Norwegian said it will launch at least 25 routes out of U.S. cities this year, including 12 transatlantic routes. Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian's chief commercial officer, promised in a news release that the airline will soon offer more transatlantic routes than any other airline in the world. The young airline born in 2015 is 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 seen record numbers of flights in the past year. The airport attributes that growth mostly to its surge in international flights. International operations increased by 73 percent over the same period last year. In addition to Norwegians flights to Europe, Southwest Airlines began its first international routes to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from Oakland in February. Courtesy: Mercurynews

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