Norwegian Air has announced it will resume flights to and from UK airports from July 1, due to “increased customer demand".
The airline will restart a select few flights, on a total of 76 routes, which had been paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to its eight aircrafts currently flying, Norwegian Air also plans to begin using 12 of its recently grounded aircrafts as more European countries reopen their borders and demand for flights increases.
‘In line with competing carriers’
Among its 76 routes, the budget carrier will fly to and from Gatwick and Edinburgh, as well as to and from Oslo and Copenhagen.
Chief Executive of Norwegian Airlines, Jacob Schram said: “Feedback from our customers has shown that they are keen to get back in the air and resume their travels with Norwegian beyond the current domestic services that we have been operating.
“Norwegian is returning to European skies with the reintroduction of more aircraft to serve our key destinations which will ensure that we remain in line with competing carriers.”
About 90 percent of Norwegian Airlines’ staff were laid off or furloughed after the outbreak, amounting to roughly 7,300 staff in total.
According to the airline, the news means that around 200 pilots and 400 cabin crew staff will be able to return to their jobs after being laid off or furloughed during the pandemic.
Last month, Norwegian finished a financial restructuring in which it gave full control to its creditors, and claimed it could wait until 2021 before restarting its international flights.