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Norwegian is setting up a new subsidiary in Argentina as the low-cost carrier continues its expansion plans.
The airline’s board has approved the launch of Norwegian Air Argentina with plans to operate both domestic and international flights, although routes will be dependent on receiving the necessary government approvals.
Norwegian’s CEO Bjorn Kjos has previously said that the airline would like to fly from Gatwick to Argentina as part of its expanding long-haul network from the Sussex airport. British Airways is the only current carrier to fly direct to Argentina with a service between Heathrow and Buenos Aires.
Ole Christian Melhus, CEO of Norwegian Air Argentina, said: “Argentina is an interesting market with great potential that fits Norwegian’s global strategy very well, combining affordable domestic and international flights.
“I am looking forward to continue working on realising our plans of establishing new bases, hiring many new colleagues in Argentina and not least offering low fares to the people.
“We have been very well received by Argentinian authorities and look forward to a fruitful relationship going forward.”
Norwegian has applied for an Argentinian Air Operator’s Certificate, which is currently being considered by the government for approval.
If the certificate is granted, Norwegian plans to announce and start selling the first routes from Argentina by the end of this year.