Norwegian has filed paperwork with the Canadian authorities to begin the process of starting services there this year.
WestJet already service the UK with flights on 767’s to Gatwick, Norwegian’s primary long-haul base. This news will not be something they’ll welcome as Norwegian’s aggressive pricing and 787-9 products are far superior.
No routes have been listed but Montreal and Toronto are expected to be on the list, along with Vancouver. Norwegian has hinted at flights starting as soon as July 2018.
The utilisation of the new Max 8’s for routes from Belfast could also prove lucrative – Belfast has close business associations (CSeries wings and parts are made there) with Bombardier offering a low-cost route for business travellers who have to fly to Dublin or Manchester for flights to Canada at present.
Norwegian’s survival is dependent on its constant growth, so entering the Canadian market is an obvious choice, although it won’t lack competition from Rouge, WestJet and Air Canada itself, never mind British Airways, out of the UK. Flights from Stockholm and Barcelona may also be on the cards.