As part of its “expansion” set for next year, Norwegian (Oslo Gardermoen) will reopen its operating base in Palma de Mallorca starting in the summer of 2024, it announced in a statement on its website on June 15.

It previously operated a base at the Mallorcan airport starting in 2016, only to close it in October 2019 amid sweeping cost cuts.

This time, the Palma base will be seasonal, to be operating during the summer seasons only. Norwegian also confirmed the continuity of its base at Barcelona El Prat - also seasonal - for the same summer season of 2024.

Palma will be Norwegian’s fourth operating base in Spain, along with Alicante and Malaga (both permanent, twelve months a year, under its Norwegian Air Sweden AOC) and Barcelona (seasonal), ch-aviation fleets data shows. Outside Spain, the company will also open, in 2024, a permanent operating base at Riga, Latvia.

Norwegian has said it plans to operate a fleet of 85 aircraft in next summer, compared to 77 this summer. For this expansion, it aims to hire, “at a European level”, 300 crew members including pilots and flight attendants.

According to the ch-aviation capacities module, from Palma this summer it is operating seven routes to Palma de Mallorca, from Oslo Gardermoen and Bergen, and Stavanger in Norway; Copenhagen Kastrup and Aalborg in Denmark; Stockholm Arlanda in Sweden, and Helsinki Vantaa in Finland.