By Ron Howells • 13 April 2021 • 8:09
Norwegian Air Retains Its Base At Malaga Airport After Securing Restructuring Deal. image: Wikimiedia
Norwegian Air has confirmed that it will continue to operate from Malaga-Costa del Sol airport and a plane and crew will be based there permanently.
NORWEGIAN airline has finished preparing the structure of its short-haul operations in Spain for the post-Covid period and announced that it will be maintaining its operational base in Malaga (Andalucia).
The airline plans, subject to the easing of travel restrictions by the health authorities, to have one Boeing 737 aircraft and crew based at the Costa del Sol airport during the 2021 summer and winter seasons, and to increase this to three aircraft and crews for the 2022 summer season.
Norwegian will also continue to fly from Alicante airport as before, and run flights to its other usual destinations in Spain with crews based in Scandinavia. The airline said that more specific details on routes and schedules will be announced as soon as they become available.
Spain and Scandinavia are the only two places where the airline will be maintaining its operational bases for the time being, but it has stated that it is fully committed to staying in Spain where it has been operating for 18 years now.
Restructuring plan for Norwegian Air wins green light.
The ‘milestone’ approval by the Olso County Court means that both the airline’s revamp processes in Ireland and Norway have been approved by the courts. The carrier, which has been reduced to flying skeleton domestic services after abandoning all low-cost long-haul operations, will now prepare the process of raising new capital.
Norwegian Air suffered a 94 per cent slump in passenger numbers last month against March last year. The court reached a positive conclusion after creditors approved the reorganisation plan in a reconciliation period that ended on April 9.
The rulings in both Ireland and Norway become final when the planned equity has been obtained. The capital raise is expected to be completed during May. Chief executive Jacob Schram said: “We are very pleased with this important positive decision by the court.
“Once we have passed these two biggest legal milestones we can look forward to continuing the work of raising new equity.”
He added: “I stand very proud of the achievements that Norwegian has accomplished throughout this period and I am grateful to work alongside so many colleagues that have shown such unwavering commitment and determination for us to succeed. At the same time, I wish to recognise the crucial support that we have received which has enabled us to continue our business.”
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
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