The close partnership between the two companies will provide travellers booking their trips on eDreams, Opodo, GO Voyages and Travellink with greater access to Norwegian’s fares, offers, and ancillary services.
Bjørn Kjos has stepped down as the chief executive of Norwegian Air. The 72-year-old has led the organisation for 17 years, seeing it grow from a small regional airline to become one of the largest low-cost carriers in Europe.
Passenger numbers slipped slightly at Norwegian in June as the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max continued to take a toll. Some 3,475,337 passengers chose to fly with Norwegian in June; 21,948 less than the same month last year.
Niels Smedegaard has been nominated for the role of chairman at Norwegian Airlines ahead of the annual general meeting on May 7th. Born in 1962, Smedegaard is currently the president and chief executive of DFDS.
Norwegian has reported a full-year net loss of £131 million for financial 2018, a figure the carrier said had been adversely affected by engine issues, fuel hedge losses and tough competition.
Norwegian Air has seen its share price fall sharply after confirming plans to raise fresh funds. Shares in the low-cost carrier slipped 15 per cent, to just under €13, after revealing it would seek three billion Norwegian kroner (roughly £268 million) from investors.
Norwegian has reported its highest ever passenger figures in a single year, with more than 37 million travellers flying with the low-cost carrier in 2018. However, Norwegian also revealed today it made a loss of US$232 million for the October-December quarter from fuel hedging.
From March, Norwegian will serve Miami International Airport and San Francisco International Airport from London Gatwick, replacing its existing flights to Fort Lauderdale and Oakland airports.