Cool: Norse Atlantic Adds Berlin Transatlantic Flights

Cool: Norse Atlantic Adds Berlin Transatlantic Flights

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Transatlantic airline startup Norse Atlantic is starting service this summer. The airline has already announced plans to operate flights out of both Oslo (OSL) and London (LGW), and the airline has now added a third European gateway, which is pretty exciting.

Norse Atlantic will fly from Berlin to New York & Los Angeles

Norse Atlantic will make Berlin (BER) its third European gateway city:

  • As of August 17, 2022, Norse Atlantic will fly daily between Berlin (BER) and New York (JFK)
  • As of August 19, 2022, Norse Atlantic will fly 3x weekly between Berlin (BER) and Los Angeles (LAX)

The 3,982-mile Berlin to New York flight will operate with the following schedule:

N0601 Berlin to New York departing 7:20PM arriving 10:00PM
N0602 New York to Berlin departing 12:30AM arriving 2:25PM

Meanwhile the 5,820-mile Berlin to Los Angeles flight will operate with a different schedule on each of the three weekly services. We’re not just talking minor variations, but rather the Berlin to Los Angeles flight departs at either 8:50AM, 1:20PM, or 5:50PM, while the Los Angeles to Berlin flight departs at either 10:40AM, 3:10PM, or 7:40PM.

These flights will be operated by Boeing 787-9s featuring both premium economy and economy. As you’d expect, base fares are really low, though expect to pay for everything, from carry-ons to seat assignments.

As of now these flights are on sale through October 28 (the end of the summer schedule). Only time will tell whether these routes are seasonal, or if the airline just hasn’t loaded its schedule that far out yet, and wants to see what initial demand is like.

Norse Atlantic is adding Berlin flights

Berlin finally gets more transatlantic service!

Berlin is by far Germany’s most populous city, but despite that, there has been a lack of consistent transatlantic service to the airport. United recently resumed its Berlin (BER) to Newark (EWR) flight, which is currently the only transatlantic link out of the airport. While the route is scheduled to be year-round for the time being, let’s see if that lasts, since historically United has sometimes only operated the route seasonally.

Why has Berlin been so unable to maintain consistent transatlantic links? Ultimately there are a variety of factors that have contributed to this:

  • The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport finally opened in late 2020, nearly a decade behind schedule; the old airport wasn’t really equipped for major expansion
  • Unfortunately airberlin liquidated in late 2017, and that’s the airline that operated some long haul routes out of Berlin
  • While Berlin is the biggest city in Germany, Frankfurt and Munich are the business hubs, and also the hubs that Lufthansa has been focused on
  • That means Berlin is largely left with leisure demand (which isn’t going to consistently be lucrative, especially for full service airlines) and government traffic (which is likely to fly with Lufthansa)

Berlin is a great city, and I’m hopeful that Norse Atlantic is exactly the right fit for this market.

Norse Atlantic will fly to Berlin Brandenburg

Bottom line

Norse Atlantic will be launching flights from Berlin to both New York and Los Angeles, which marks Norse Atlantic’s third European gateway. It’s exciting to see a transatlantic ultra low cost carrier not just trying to replicate the route networks of other airlines, but rather opening up new markets.

What do you make of Norse Atlantic adding Berlin flights?

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  1. Michael Guest

    Love the idea! But the late arrival times make the service almost unusable. Too bad!!

  2. AyL Guest

    flew out of Berlin Brandenburg last summer. sucks and not worth the hype and def not worth the long delayed opening. Berlin was a great city though

  3. KingBob Guest

    I tried to include Berlin in my recent Europe journey but most of the flights were on Ryanair or Easyjet and everything on LH was via Frankfurt. When Germany's own airline makes it inconvenient and expensive to get to their capital city, that say's something. So I hope this is a winning route for Norse and that they expand the service to other U.S. cities.

  4. George Guest

    I've just flown a R/T to BER from EWR with United.
    I gotta say that the lack of more international flights makes the lines at immigration pretty much non-existent. The time my flight arrived at BER there was only a Scoot flight coming in from Singapore.
    In terms of lounge, FRA and MUC are way better. The Lufthansa business lounge at BER was very crowded inside and with a huge line at the...

    I've just flown a R/T to BER from EWR with United.
    I gotta say that the lack of more international flights makes the lines at immigration pretty much non-existent. The time my flight arrived at BER there was only a Scoot flight coming in from Singapore.
    In terms of lounge, FRA and MUC are way better. The Lufthansa business lounge at BER was very crowded inside and with a huge line at the entrance, very Skyclubesque. This was because the agents at the gate were manning all the cancelled LH flights...

  5. Eric Guest

    What's up with the weird timing on the west-bound? Who wants to get to their hotel in NYC at midnight thirty?

  6. ConcordeBoy Diamond

    Has Berlin even had a west coast nonstop before this? Hard pressed to think of one!

    Or even one west of the Mississippi.

    1. ConcordeBoy Diamond

      Meh, I guess Air Berlin into LAX. Easy to forget, since for most of its time here, they served Dusseldorf with their nonstop, not Berline.

  7. GUWonder Guest

    Picking up what Air Berlin was serving.

  8. Nigel Guest

    Despite its dated appearance Tegel was an excellent airport for passengers and very close to Berlin. The new airport is much further from Berlin itself as hinted by the more accurate name Brandenburg Airport. This means taxi to Berlin can be very expensive, was happy using the S-bahn once but in recent years have felt very uncomfortable with the amount of beggars and questionable characters now on urban german public transport.

    I stopped using Ryanair...

    Despite its dated appearance Tegel was an excellent airport for passengers and very close to Berlin. The new airport is much further from Berlin itself as hinted by the more accurate name Brandenburg Airport. This means taxi to Berlin can be very expensive, was happy using the S-bahn once but in recent years have felt very uncomfortable with the amount of beggars and questionable characters now on urban german public transport.

    I stopped using Ryanair as I much preferred Tegel to Schonfield. Now I just avoid Berlin when I can and get the train in to the HBF as it is an excellent location right in the city, and lots of police there make it feel safer.

  9. Syd Guest

    Happy to see Norse try to expand the network Norwegian-style, just hoping it's not too much too soon. Don't want them to repeat Norwegian's mistakes.

  10. German Expat Guest

    Berlin airport is a pain. Security lines are long and not efficient, passport control can take forever and it will just get worse during the summer peak travel season.

    More flights will just make it worse and until BER doesn't fix those issues it is an airport I would avoid

    1. Max Guest

      Sounds like the airport already gives you the authentic, dysfunctional 'Berlin experience'.

  11. sk Guest

    One of the other big reasons Berlin doesn't have sufficient service is historical. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall, Lufthansa wasn't permitted to fly there at all IIRC - I think only American, French, and British carriers could fly to West Berlin, and they weren't going to establish a hub there. So the hubs were built in FRA and MUC instead, and were too entrenched by the time Berlin opened up.

  12. Alec Guest

    Fares look good from the random sample I looked at (8/18-25) NYC - BER. With a carry on Norse is charging $465, United direct for $1012, Lufthansa with layover $625.

  13. Sharon Guest

    This airline does not come up on search engines which makes it hard for customers to know about their flights.

    Lucky, I have barley seen you post at all about breeze airways, almost 20 airplanes strong already.

    And what do you recommend for the spirit merger lucky?

    1. ConcordeBoy Diamond

      Since Breeze itself doesn't advertise worth a damn, it's hard to blame others for not doing their work for them.

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KingBob Guest

I tried to include Berlin in my recent Europe journey but most of the flights were on Ryanair or Easyjet and everything on LH was via Frankfurt. When Germany's own airline makes it inconvenient and expensive to get to their capital city, that say's something. So I hope this is a winning route for Norse and that they expand the service to other U.S. cities.

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sk Guest

One of the other big reasons Berlin doesn't have sufficient service is historical. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall, Lufthansa wasn't permitted to fly there at all IIRC - I think only American, French, and British carriers could fly to West Berlin, and they weren't going to establish a hub there. So the hubs were built in FRA and MUC instead, and were too entrenched by the time Berlin opened up.

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Michael Guest

Love the idea! But the late arrival times make the service almost unusable. Too bad!!

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