An air shuttle is a scheduled airline service on short routes with a simplified fare and class structure. No exact definition exists, but frequency is usually hourly or more often and travel time is typically an hour or less. Network airlines may operate shuttle services as one-class or no-frill services, similar to low-cost airlines.
Some shuttles are established by governments, businesses, or organizations which require a high level of service in an otherwise thin corridor. For example, the Federal Aviation Administration's William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey operates an air shuttle to ferry FAA employees to and from Reagan National Airport (DCA) near Washington, DC four days a week.
Certain markets support commercial shuttles. The pioneer service was the Rio de Janeiro-São Paulo air bridge in Brazil which began 5 July 1959. Other early services include the Eastern Air Shuttle, inaugurated in 1961, which offered no-frills, hourly flights connecting LaGuardia Airport in New York City with Washington National Airport and Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts.
Air shuttles increasingly face competition from high-speed rail and many airlines withdraw from the market or reduce service shortly after competing high-speed rail services start.
Present-day commercial air shuttle services include:
The busiest air routes in the world involve pairs of large cities in close proximity that rely on air transport due to a lack of high-speed rail, and the distance is large enough to discourage car driving. Several of the airports are on islands without road connection to the mainland.
Alicante–Elche Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Alicante-Elche) (IATA: ALC, ICAO: LEAL), originally named El Altet, is —as of 2017— the fifth-busiest airport in Spain based on passenger numbers, and the main airport serving the Valencian Community and the Region of Murcia. The airport is located in the municipality of Elche, about 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) east of this city and about 9 km (5.6 mi) southwest of Alicante. Its influence area spans other cities in the Valencia province—the city of Valencia is located about 160 km (99 mi) north of the airport—and in the Region of Murcia. The airport is located about 70 km (43 mi) north of Murcia.
The airport is a base for Air Nostrum, Evelop Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair and Vueling. Passenger traffic has increased significantly in the last decade, beating its own yearly record since 2013 to date; in particular, in 2015, it handled 10,574,484 passengers. Then, in 2016 it set its new record with almost 12,350,000 passengers,; in 2017 it set its new consecutive record at 13.7 million passengers. It is one of the 50 busiest in Europe. Up to 80% of all passenger flights are international. The largest numbers of passengers arrive from the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium and Sweden. Popular domestic destinations are Madrid, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona.Bergen Airport, Flesland
Bergen Airport, Flesland (Norwegian: Bergen lufthavn, Flesland; IATA: BGO, ICAO: ENBR) is an international airport located at Flesland in Bergen, a city and municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. Opened in 1955, it is the second-busiest airport in Norway, with 6,306,623 passengers in 2018. Flesland is operated by the state-owned Avinor. Until 1999 Flesland Air Station of the Norwegian Air Force was co-located at the airport.
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Norwegian Air Shuttle and Widerøe are the largest airlines operating at the airport. The route to Oslo Airport, Gardermoen is among the busiest in Europe. A substantial traffic is generated by CHC Helikopter Service and Bristow Norway to offshore oil platforms in the North Sea.
Originally Bergen was served by water aerodromes at Flatøy, Sandviken and Herdla. Financing of Flesland was largely secured through NATO funds and the airport opened on 2 October 1955. Until the 1980s, Bergen was the Norwegian airport used for SAS' intercontinental flights to New York. New terminals were opened in 1988 and in August 2017. The Bergen Light Rail was extended to the airport and opened in April 2017.FlyNordic
FlyNordic was an airline based in Stockholm, Sweden. It operated scheduled and charter services in Scandinavia and Europe. Its main base was Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Stockholm. In 2007 the airline was bought by Norwegian Air Shuttle and became a fully integrated part of the latter.Gran Canaria Airport
Gran Canaria Airport (IATA: LPA, ICAO: GCLP), sometimes also known as Gando Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Gran Canaria), is a passenger and freight airport on the island of Gran Canaria. It is an important airport within the Spanish air-transport network (owned and managed by a public enterprise, AENA), as it holds the sixth position in terms of passengers, and fifth in terms of operations and cargo transported. It is also ranks first of the Canary Islands in all three categories, although the island of Tenerife has higher passenger numbers overall between the two airports located on the island.The airport is located in the eastern part of Gran Canaria on the Bay of Gando (Bahía de Gando), 19 km (12 mi) to the south of Las Palmas, and 25 km (16 mi) from the popular tourist areas in the south. In 2014 it handled over 10.3 million passengers, ranking 1st in the Canary Islands and 5th in Spain by passenger traffic. Gran Canaria Airport is an important hub for passengers travelling to West Africa (Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Cape Verde, among others), and to the Atlantic Isles of Madeira and the Azores. It serves as base for Binter Canarias, Canaryfly, Ryanair, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Vueling. Other airlines use it as a base to operate charter flights to Cape Verde and Gambia (TUI fly Deutschland and TUI fly Nordic), but only in the winter.List of Norwegian Air Shuttle destinations
Norwegian Air Shuttle is a low-cost airline headquartered in Oslo, Norway. As of May 2019, the airline together with its integrated subsidiaries operate to 153 airports in 40 countries across five continents, from their operating bases across Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Argentina. The group's largest base is at Oslo Gardermoen, with its main technical base at Stavanger Airport, both in Norway.Norwegian was founded in 1993 as a regional airline to operate routes for Braathens SAFE in Western Norway. It became a domestic, mainline low-cost carrier from 1 September 2002, when it began operating Boeing 737-300 aircraft. In 2006, Norwegian Air Shuttle established its first base outside of Norway at Warsaw Frédéric Chopin Airport in Poland. A year later, Norwegian bought the Swedish low-cost carrier FlyNordic, which was merged into Norwegian a year later.In 2012, Norwegian founded Norwegian Long Haul as a subsidiary to operate intercontinental routes from Europe to Asia and North America. In 2014, Norwegian Air International was founded as an Irish subsidiary to operate flights and bases within the European Union. In 2015, Norwegian Air UK was founded as a British subsidiary to operate flights from the United Kingdom. In 2017, Norwegian Air Argentina was founded as an Argentinian subsidiary, before it began operating Argentinian domestic flights.List of airline codes (N)
This is a list of all airline codes. The table lists the IATA airline designators, the ICAO airline designators and the airline call signs (telephony designator). Historical assignments are also included for completeness.Norwegian Air Argentina
Norwegian Air Argentina S.A.U. is an Argentinian low-cost airline owned by Norwegian Air Shuttle. The airline operates Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with bases in Buenos Aires and Córdoba. All aircraft are registered in Argentina.Norwegian Air International
Norwegian Air International is an Irish low-cost airline and a fully integrated subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle, using its corporate identity. It operates flights to European destinations from several bases in Finland, Denmark, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom; and is headquartered at Dublin Airport. Since 2017, it also offers services between Europe and locations on the East Coast of the United States, including destinations in New York and Rhode Island.Norwegian Air Shuttle
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (OSE: NAS), trading as Norwegian, is a Norwegian low-cost airline and Norway's largest airline. It is the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe behind easyJet and Ryanair and the ninth-largest low-cost airline in the world, the largest airline in Scandinavia, and the eighth-largest airline in Europe in terms of passenger numbers. It offers a high-frequency domestic flight schedule within Scandinavia and Finland, and to business destinations such as London, as well as to holiday destinations in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands, transporting over 30 million people in 2016. The airline is known for its distinctive livery of white with a red nose, with portraits of distinguished Scandinavians on the tail fins of its aircraft.
Norwegian launched its long-haul operation in May 2013. The long-haul flights are operated by fully owned subsidiaries: Norway-based Norwegian Long Haul, Ireland-based Norwegian Air International, and United Kingdom-based Norwegian Air UK. Additional short-haul flights are operated by Norwegian Air International and Argentina-based Norwegian Air Argentina. Each airline holds a unique air operator's certificate (AOC) but shares branding and commercial functions with the rest of the Group.Norwegian Air Sweden
Norwegian Air Sweden AB is a Swedish low-cost airline and a fully integrated subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle, using its corporate identity. The airline operates Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft based at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, with all aircraft registered in Sweden.Norwegian Air UK
Norwegian Air UK Ltd is a British low-cost airline and a fully integrated subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle, using its corporate identity. The airline operates Boeing 787-9 aircraft on scheduled services between Europe and the Americas from its base at Gatwick Airport.Norwegian Long Haul
Norwegian Long Haul AS is a division of Norwegian Air Shuttle that operates long-haul flights between Europe, Asia, and the United States on an all-Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. Norwegian Long Haul is registered in Dublin, Ireland, and is managed by Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA from its head office at Fornebu, Norway. Its capacity is used to operate some routes of parent company Norwegian Air Shuttle (IATA code DY) to Asia and North America.Norwegian Reward
Norwegian Reward is the frequent flyer program of Norwegian Air Shuttle.
The program has been started in 2007 and has over 8 million members (2018). Every time members book a trip with Norwegian, or use services from Norwegian Reward's partners, CashPoints are earned. CashPoints are the same as bonus points, 1 CashPoint is equal to 1 Norwegian krone. The points can be used to pay for tickets or related products such as seating reservations or luggage. Norwegian Reward does not operate with traditional status levels, but people who fly often can gain extra benefits called "Rewards".
Bank Norwegian is linked to the benefit program and with the credit card Norwegian card customers earn CashPoints on all purchases. CashPoints can also be earned on purchases in other industries such as insurance, grocery and mobile.
In 2017 and 2018, Norwegian Reward won the award for "The Airline's Best Loyalty Program in Europe / Africa".Premium Air Shuttle
Premium Air Shuttle was an airline based in Nigeria.Stavanger Airport, Sola
Stavanger Airport, Sola (Norwegian: Stavanger lufthavn, Sola; IATA: SVG, ICAO: ENZV) is an international airport located serving Stavanger, a city and municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. The airport is located 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) southwest of Stavanger, in the municipality of Sola. It is Norway's third-busiest airport, with both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter traffic for the offshore North Sea oil installations. In addition, the Royal Norwegian Air Force operates Westland Sea King search and rescue helicopters from Sola Air Station.
The airport had 85 306 air movements and 4,501,368 passengers in 2015. Five airlines offered domestic flights to nine destinations while ten airlines offered international flights to 37 destinations. Two helicopter companies operate out of Sola. The busiest route is Sola–Oslo Gardermoen, which has about 28 daily flights. In the vicinity of the airport there is an aeronautical museum, Flyhistorisk Museum, Sola.Trondheim Airport, Værnes
Trondheim Airport, Værnes (Norwegian: Trondheim lufthavn, Værnes; IATA: TRD, ICAO: ENVA) is an international airport serving Trondheim, a city and municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. The airport is located in Værnes, a village in the municipality of Stjørdal in Trøndelag county, 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) east of Trondheim. Operated by the state-owned Avinor, it shares facilities with Værnes Air Station of the Royal Norwegian Air Force. In 2014, the airport had 4,416,681 passengers and 60,934 air movements, making it the fourth-busiest in the country. The airport has two terminals; A dates from 1994 and is used for domestic traffic, while B is the renovated former main terminal from 1982, and is used for international traffic. The airport features a main east–west 2,999-metre (9,839 ft) runway, a disused northwest–southeast 1,472-metre (4,829 ft) runway, an integrated railway station and an airport hotel.
The main airlines at the airport are Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Norwegian Air Shuttle and Widerøe, for all of which Værnes is a focus city. The main route is the service to Oslo, operated by both SAS and Norwegian, which is the tenth-busiest route in Europe. Both airlines operate services also using Boeing 737 aircraft to Bergen, Bodø and Tromsø; SAS has some additional domestic services while Norwegian has a number of low-frequency international services. Widerøe operates regional Dash 8 aircraft to six airports in Helgeland, in addition to Sandefjord. Krohn Air provides services to Molde. Daily international services to Copenhagen is provided by SAS and to Amsterdam is provided by KLM. The airport also serves charter services, mainly to the Mediterranean. In total, it connects to 17 domestic and 21 international destinations, as well as 18 charter destinations.Værnes was taken into use by the Royal Norwegian Army in 1887. The first flight was made in 1914, and aerodrome facilities were gradually installed. The first main installations, including three concrete runways, were built during World War II by Luftwaffe. After the war, the Air Force Pilot School moved to Værnes, although in 1954 most of the other air force activities for Central Norway were moved to Ørland Main Air Station. Civilian aviation started in 1951, when half a barracks was taken into use as a terminal, with the whole building being utilized from 1958. Jet aircraft started serving Værnes from 1963, and the second terminal opened in 1965. The third (the current international Terminal B) was opened in 1982, and the fourth, Terminal A, was opened in 1994, along with the train station. From 1956 to 2004, Braathens was one of the largest airlines at the airport.Trump Shuttle
Trump Shuttle, Inc. was an airline owned by Donald Trump from 1989 to 1992. The landing rights and some of the physical assets necessary to operate the shuttle flights were originally part of Eastern Air Lines and known as the Eastern Air Lines Shuttle. It operated hourly flights on Boeing 727 aircraft from LaGuardia Airport in New York City to Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., then known as Washington National Airport, as well as charter service to other destinations. Its IATA designator code was TB (later reassigned to Jetairfly).Trump's formal launch in the air business occurred in March 1988 when he acquired three Sikorsky S-61 helicopters that belonged to Resorts International Airlines (RIA) used to shuttle high rollers to the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The three green and orange and helicopters were repainted black and red and emblazoned with the Trump Air logo. Trump at the time said the helicopters "were the same model used by the President of the United States."US Airways Shuttle
US Airways Shuttle was the brand name for US Airways' hourly air shuttle service operating in the Northeastern United States. It served Logan International Airport in Boston, LaGuardia Airport in New York City, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C.
The shuttle had various food and beverage offerings that included:
Breakfast snack served on morning flights before 9 a.m. on business days
Complimentary soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea
Complimentary beer and wine after 10 a.m.First class service was available on all Shuttle flights. Complimentary spirits were offered in addition to the economy offerings.
On October 17, 2015, the shuttle service became known as American Airlines Shuttle.Ultimate Air Shuttle
Ultimate Air Shuttle is an airline based in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the operating name of Ultimate Jetcharters LLC, an FAR Part 135 air charter carrier. Ultimate Air Shuttle services are public charter flights that operate on a published schedule. Its Cincinnati-based flights mostly depart from the smaller Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport. The airline serves key business routes that were reduced by Delta Air Lines and Comair.
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