Norwegian Air, whichis seeking to establish a low-cost long-haul business in the Republic, is interested in partnering with other European low-cost carriers such as Ryanair and easyJet to extend its short-haul network.
Norwegian, Europe’s third-biggest budget airline by passenger numbers, has launched flights to the Middle East, southeast Asia and the United States, targeting a growing share of the long-haul market.
“We will definitely look at cooperating with other low-cost players. We cannot cover the whole of Europe, ” Bjoern Kjos said on the sidelines of the Annual Global Airfinance Conference in Dublin.
“That gives us possibility to fly passengers not to 450 routes, but maybe 2000 routes,” he added.
Norwegian Air is using Boeing 787 Dreamliners to fly passengers to the United States and Asia and Kjoes said those operations were already profitable with just 7-8 aircraft flying.
Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has also mooted the idea of providing short-haul flights to join up with the long-haul networks of full-service carriers, but has refused to share in the costs incurred by delays or lost baggage.

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