Norse Atlantic is to launch Berlin to USA services. The news comes as a surprise seeing as the airline was tipped to launch from Paris (after London).

Norse Atlantic to launch Gatwick-New York JFK flights on August 12

Norse Atlantic will be operating from Berlin to both New York JFK and Los Angeles starting in August.

Daily service to New York JFK begins on August 17 with one-way fares starting at Euros 160.

Berlin-Los Angeles will operate three times a week from August 19.  One-way fares lead in at Euros 189.

Says CEO Bjorn Torre Larsen, “For far too long the vibrant and culturally diverse city of Berlin has been subjected to poor direct [non-stop] transatlantic connectivity.”

Norse Atlantic will be deploying modern B787s on both routes configured with two-classes.

For details of onboard seating and so on refer to the link above.

One would have thought Lufthansa would operate from Berlin but in fact Germany’s national airline does not operate a single international flight from the Capital.  (Its international flights from Berlin are operated by budget subsidiary Eurowings)

Lufthansa to axe Berlin-New York route

It is true that Lufthansa took over Air Berlin’s New York route some years ago (when Air Berlin failed) but this service was scrapped in 2018.

Right now the only non-stop competition which Norse Atlantic will face comes from a United/Lufthansa code-share flight which operates to New York (Newark). At the time of writing no airline operates non-stop Berlin-Los Angeles.

Berlin has an interesting catchment area. Besides catering to travellers in the former East Germany it also attracts customers from nearby Poland (who may find it easier to fly from Berlin rather than their local airport or Warsaw). For example, there are regional trains from downtown Berlin and various bus services operating directly from the airport to the major seaport of Szczecin.