Norwegian Air Surpasses British Airways in Battle for New York

Norwegian Air has officially surpassed British Airways as the top carrier outside the United States that serves transatlantic routes to and from the New York area.

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According to, Norwegian continues to cut into British Airways’ territory by transporting 1.67 million passengers to or from airports in the New York area over the last 12 months through July.

On the other hand, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey said British Airways carried 1.63 million passengers over the same period.

Four airlines in the U.S. top the list of international passengers transported to the main airports in the New York area, led by United Airlines. Air Canada is the biggest non-U.S. carrier of international passengers to the region’s airports, including John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International.

“Fares have been too high for too long as transatlantic routes have been long dominated by carriers with outdated legacies running on fumes,” a Norwegian spokesman told Reuters.

“Norwegian will continue to spread its wings to the Big Apple with a third-daily service between London and New York JFK from October 28,” the spokesman continued.

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