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Low-Cost Carrier Norse Atlantic to Launch New York to Rome Service

Daily flights between JFK and Rome Fiumicino will begin in June, adding to four of Norse’s transatlantic routes already serving New York

by Fergus Cole

January 26, 2023

Photo: Piazza di Spagna in Rome, Italy. Courtesy of Vlas Telino studio/Shutterstock

Low-cost, long-haul airline Norse Atlantic Airways has announced it will start serving a new route between New York JFK and Rome this summer.

The daily service between Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will begin on June 19, with outbound flights scheduled to depart Rome at 7:30 p.m. local time each day, arriving at JFK at 11 p.m. EST. The return journey will then leave New York at 1 a.m., touching down in Italy at 3:45 p.m.

The Norwegian-based low-cost carrier will use a Boeing 787-9 to operate the route, which has a total capacity for 344 passengers across two classes of cabin. This includes 56 seats in Premium Economy and the remaining 288 in standard Economy class. Norse Atlantic currently has ten 787-9s in its fleet.

Photo: Courtesy of London Gatwick Airport

The new service will add to Norse Atlantic’s growing transatlantic network, complementing direct connections to the U.S. from four European capital cities. Norse Atlantic currently operates a daily service from London Gatwick (LGW) to JFK, while it also serves JFK three times per week from both Oslo (OSL) and Berlin (BER). And from March 26, a fourth connection from Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) will be added to its schedule.

“We are very pleased to announce Rome as our fifth capital city in Europe offering a direct Norse Atlantic Airways flight to New York JFK,” said Bjorn Tore Larsen, Chief Executive Officer at Norse Atlantic Airways.

“Customers on both sides of the Atlantic will be able to enjoy value, excellent onboard service and comfort while traveling between these two culturally vibrant and exciting cities. The addition of Rome to our network will provide another gateway to Europe and strengthen our presence in New York.”

Norse Atlantic will face competition for the route, with several other carriers planning to operate flights between Rome and New York for the summer of 2023. Both Delta Air Lines and Italian flag carrier ITA Airways will operate two flights per day between Rome and JFK this summer, while American Airlines will operate the route daily. There will also be a daily service to Rome from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), which will be operated by United Airlines.

However, while business travelers and those who like a bit of luxury may prefer to choose an airline with business class or first-class offerings, those looking to travel to Europe on a budget will unlikely find a better deal than with low-cost Norse Atlantic.

“We are pleased to welcome Norse Atlantic Airways to Rome Fiumicino,” said Ivan Bassato, Chief Aviation Officer at Fiumicino. “This new direct flight to New York JFK will complete the overall offering between the two cities with an outbound evening service which will enrich our customers’ travel options. By choosing Rome FCO, Norse Atlantic Airways is another new airline that has recognized the operational excellence of our airport and the great attractiveness of our market.”