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Norwegian carrier moves to replace Sterling

Oslo-based Norwegian Air Shuttle will open a base in Copenhagen and take over some of the programme flown by failed carrier Sterling Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy late last month.

Services should begin next spring. However, the carrier will not begin services between the UK and Copenhagen until it acquires more aircraft. It currently flies from Stansted, Gatwick and Edinburgh to Norway.

Norwegian Air Shuttle is a low-cost carrier with a fleet of 41 aircraft – now the fourth largest no-frills airline in Europe. It was a code-share partner of Sterling and will seek to take over some of the failed carrier’s fleet.

Iceland-owned Sterling Airlines flew six daily departures from Gatwick and a summer schedule from Edinburgh and East Midlands. It collapsed in the fall-out from the Icelandic financial meltdown.

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