EasyJet to fly to Norway as it breaks the monopoly in Italy

City A.M. Reporter
EASYJET will fly between Britain and Norway for the first time from May, the budget airline said yesterday.

The carrier, which debuted in the FTSE 100 index last week, said Norway would be its 33rd country of operation and Bergen its 101st route out of Gatwick airport.

The airline will operate daily flights between Gatwick and Bergen in Norway’s western fjords region and said that it expects to carry more than 100,000 passengers on the route annually.

EasyJet will be competing with British Airways and Norwegian for London to Bergen traffic.

The announcement came as EasyJet launched flights between Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate, breaking Italian flag carrier Alitalia’s long-held monopoly on the route.

“EasyJet is playing a central role in opening up significant markets for European consumers, further strengthening our commitment as an airline operator and investor in the European transportation industry,” said chief executive Carolyn McCall in a statement yesterday.

Around one in five EasyJet passengers start or finish their flight in Italy, the firm said yesterday. The carrier runs 14 domestic routes and 126 international routes.