“For the summer season 2020 and beyond, we will offer all our five Bay Area flights from San Francisco International Airport, which will better position us for our return to profitability. We would like to thank our partners and friends at Oakland International Airport for their tremendous support during our operation from May 2014 to just a few months ago. As the largest foreign airline in the Bay Area, we look forward to offer American travellers unbeatable fares matched with our award-winning onboard product and service out of SFO,” said SVP Commercial at Norwegian, Matthew Wood.
https://media.us.norwegian.com/pressrel ... rt-2954256
“We are thrilled that Norwegian has made SFO their airport of choice for the San Francisco Bay Area. With the addition of nonstop service to Rome and Oslo, travelers can enjoy our exceptional airport experience together with Norwegian’s fantastic values,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero, San Francisco International Airport.
“While we’re incredibly disappointed by the loss of an airline with which we share a close partnership, we reflect on the undeniable success we’ve experienced in establishing OAK as a large U.S. to Europe gateway and we have worked tirelessly to promote Norwegian’s service and to make it a “household name” here in the Bay Area. The phenomena of Norwegian at OAK has improved our visibility in the travel and aviation business worldwide,” said Port of Oakland Director of Aviation Bryant L. Francis.
Earlier this year, Norwegian Air spokesperson Anders Lindstrom told SFGATE that the carrier was moving its flights to SFO for three main reasons: First, Norwegian thought it could attract more premium class passengers from SFO- primarily business travelers. Second, it believed that there's a better cargo market between SFO and London. It ships more Norwegian salmon to the US than any other product. Third, Norwegian believed it would get more online search traffic using SFO instead of OAK since not all search engines show Oakland when a traveler searches for San Francisco flights.
https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/N ... 905500.php
The writing was on the wall that Norwegian was going to abandon OAK. What does this mean for OAK's (and a much lesser extent SJC's) future prospects of attracting new long haul international service with numerous carriers abandoning or consolidating operations at SFO? Will any long haul service be left at OAK this summer after such a great run these past 5 years?