Norwegian Air has announced that it is moving its San Francisco Bay area operations from Oakland Airport (OAK) to San Francisco Airport (SFO).
Norwegian will consolidate all its Bay Area flights from Oakland to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) effective 2020.
Norwegian’s routes moved from Oakland to San Francisco
All five of Norwegian’s routes will be out of San Francisco from the summer of 2020 and beyond.
The Oslo Gardermoen Airport will commence on March 30, 2020. It will operate twice weekly during the summer season, on Mondays and Fridays.
The San Francisco to Rome service to Rome-Fiumicino International Airport will commence on April 1, 2020. The schedule has it operating three times weekly during the peak summer season, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Norwegian’s flights to London, Barcelona, and Paris moved to SFO earlier this year.
Norwegian Air San Francisco routes: all operated by 787-9 Dreamliners
Each airplane has Premium and Economy classes. All Economy seats have personal in-flight entertainment on demand, USB charging ports and a power adapter.
An SFO landing from the cockpit (video)
Statement from Norwegian Air on the OAK to SFO move
“For the summer season 2020 and beyond, we will offer all our five Bay Area flights from San Francisco International Airport, which will better position us for our return to profitability. We would like to thank our partners and friends at Oakland International Airport for their tremendous support during our operation from May 2014 to just a few months ago. As the largest foreign airline in the Bay Area, we look forward to offer American travellers unbeatable fares matched with our award-winning onboard product and service out of SFO,”
said SVP Commercial at Norwegian, Matthew Wood.
“We are thrilled that Norwegian has made SFO their airport of choice for the San Francisco Bay Area. With the addition of nonstop service to Rome and Oslo, travelers can enjoy our exceptional airport experience together with Norwegian’s fantastic values,”
said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero, San Francisco International Airport.
Oakland Airports’ impact on losing Norwegian Air
“While we’re incredibly disappointed by the loss of an airline with which we share a close partnership, we reflect on the undeniable success we’ve experienced in establishing OAK as a large U.S. to Europe gateway and we have worked tirelessly to promote Norwegian’s service, and to make it a “household name” here in the Bay Area. The phenomena of Norwegian at OAK has improved our visibility in the travel and aviation business worldwide,”
said Port of Oakland Director of Aviation Bryant L. Francis.
The battle between the Bay Area’s airports: SFO versus OAK
By general passenger consensus, San Francisco International Airport has always been considered the premier airport for the San Francisco Bay Area.
With SFO giant United Airlines as the largest airline at the airport, other airlines are also eager to have their market share there.
SFO versus OAK passenger traffic stats
San Francisco International passenger traffic
SFO had 55.8 million passengers passing through in 2017.
Oakland International passenger traffic
Oakland in the East Bay offers an alternative way to be an airline player in the Bay Area. OAK Airport had 13.1 million passengers flying to and from the airport in 2017.
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Featured Image: Norwegian Air/Jørgen Syversen.