Norwegian will add nonstop service from Austin to Paris, France starting May 6, 2020. Flights will operate seasonally three times a week between Austin and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. The airline will be the first to offer two nonstop European destinations from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and the first-ever to the French capital. Norwegian launched its popular London service from Austin in March 2018. Both London and Paris routes are summer seasonal, to meet the high demand.
“Austin is a great example of our seasonal focus, serving increased demand during the popular summer months. After two successful seasons of our London service, the need to grow our presence in Austin was clear. Paris is one of our most popular European destinations from the U.S. and with great growth potential in this market,” said SVP of Commercial at Norwegian, Matthew Wood. “Next summer, we have also increased the number of Austin to London flights to four weekly as our footprint expands.”
Austin will be Norwegian’s eighth gateway in the United States with nonstop service to Paris following Boston, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, New York JFK, Orlando and San Francisco. The summer seasonal service will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays between May 6 and September 20, 2020, and on Fridays and Sundays between September 25 and October 23, 2020.
“Today’s announcement of the Norwegian route launch from Paris to Austin marks the fifth transatlantic flight to AUS in only five years,” said Tom Noonan, President and CEO of Visit Austin. “This is a testament to how Austin continues to grow as a premier destination and we are thrilled that Norwegian has invested in not one but two nonstop routes into Austin, connecting London and Paris to Austin.”
Norwegian recently announced that it will also be increasing the frequency of its seasonal summer service to London Gatwick Airport from three to four days a week, starting May 4, 2020. Service from Austin to London Gatwick will resume for the season on March 3 with three flights each week before increasing to four weekly on May 4.
“We’re excited by today’s news that next year, Central Texas travelers will have new nonstop service to Paris, one of the top tourist destinations in the world,” said Jacqueline Yaft, Director of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. “Combined with the announcement of increased service to London, we look forward to filling even more Norwegian flights with Austinites who are visiting Europe for work and for play.”
Assistant City Manager Gina Fiandaca agrees, saying, “This new service from Norwegian Air furthers the City’s goal to connect Central Texas to the world. We look forward to partnering with Norwegian to take Austin travelers directly to one of the world’s top destinations with this route.”
The airline also announced its intention to partner with JetBlue, which will become its first U.S. airline partner.