On September 1st, 2003, a historic event occurred in the Nordic aviation sector—the first-ever Norwegian flight jetted off from Stockholm Arlanda Airport to Oslo Gardermoen. Fast forward twenty years and Norwegian’s iconic red-nosed planes have safely transported a whopping 65 million passengers to and from Arlanda. The airline is now a familiar and cherished sight above the airport.
A year before launching flights from Arlanda, Norwegian had flagged off its inaugural flight in Norway. Since then, it has proudly served approximately 300 million passengers globally.
Elizabeth Axtelius, Director of Aviation Business at Swedavia, highlighted, “There is great confidence in the Swedish air travel market, and Norwegian’s longstanding presence at Stockholm Arlanda Airport is a clear sign of this. It is evident that there’s a demand from travelers who wish to visit their friends and family in the various destinations that Norwegian operates and tourists who wish to discover something new. Swedavia’s main goal is to increase connectivity. The vast network of destinations Norwegian offers from Arlanda Airport is an important part of this for business and leisure travelers.”
On this momentous occasion, Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian, expressed his gratitude. “We are very happy to celebrate that it’s 20 years to the day since we started our operations in Sweden and at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. I would like to thank all past, present, and future passengers for flying with us. Sweden is one of our largest and most important markets, and our goal is to continue to offer our Swedish customers an attractive route network of affordable flights to a wide range of destinations from leisure to business.”
The 20th jubilee was marked with an event at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Representatives of the airline and the airport celebrated their close relationship.
About Norwegian One of Europe’s top low-cost airlines, Norwegian has its roots in the Nordic countries. Since its inception in 2002, it has flown over 300 million passengers. The airline strives to provide affordable tickets and a choice-driven travel experience. Today, Norwegian is on a mission. Beyond connecting people, they aim to lead the green transition in aviation. Norwegian aspires to slash CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030. Their approach encompasses a renewed fleet, advocacy for renewable aviation fuels, waste reduction, and leveraging weather data to economize fuel consumption. These steps will make Norwegian a sustainable choice for passengers.
Swedavia’s Commitment to a Greener Future Swedavia’s environmental strides are noteworthy. By 2020, all its ten airports were operating with zero fossil CO2 emissions. The company is also championing the adoption of sustainable aviation fuel. Their commitment has earned them international accolades. ACI crowned Stockholm Arlanda Airport as the Eco-Innovation Airport of the Year in 2021.