Transatlantic airline startup Norse Atlantic is starting service this summer. The airline has already announced plans to operate flights out of both Oslo (OSL) and London (LGW), and the airline has now added a third European gateway, which is pretty exciting.Norse Atlantic will fly from Berlin to New York & Los AngelesBerlin finally gets more transatlantic service!Bottom lineNorse Atlantic will fly from Berlin to New York & Los AngelesNorse Atlantic will make Berlin (BER) its third European gateway city:As of August 17, 2022, Norse Atlantic will fly daily between Berlin (BER) and New York (JFK)As of August 19, 2022, Norse Atlantic will fly 3x weekly between Berlin (BER) and Los Angeles (LAX)The 3,982-mile Berlin to New York flight will operate with the following schedule:N0601 Berlin to New York departing 7:20PM arriving 10:00PMN0602 New York to Berlin departing 12:30AM arriving 2:25PMMeanwhile the 5,820-mile Berlin to Los Angeles flight will operate with a different schedule on each of the three weekly services. We’re not just talking minor variations, but rather the Berlin to Los Angeles flight departs at either 8:50AM, 1:20PM, or 5:50PM, while the Los Angeles to Berlin flight departs at either 10:40AM, 3:10PM, or 7:40PM.These flights will be operated by Boeing 787-9s featuring both premium economy and economy. As you’d expect, base fares are really low, though expect to pay for everything, from carry-ons to seat assignments.As of now these flights are on sale through October 28 (the end of the summer schedule). Only time will tell whether these routes are seasonal, or if the airline just hasn’t loaded its schedule that far out yet, and wants to see what initial demand is like.Norse Atlantic is adding Berlin flightsBerlin finally gets more transatlantic service!Berlin is by far Germany’s most populous city, but despite that, there has been a lack of consistent transatlantic service to the airport. United recently resumed its Berlin (BER) to Newark (EWR) flight, which is currently the only transatlantic link out of the airport. While the route is scheduled to be year-round for the time being, let’s see if that lasts, since historically United has sometimes only operated the route seasonally.Why has Berlin been so unable to maintain consistent transatlantic links? Ultimately there are a variety of factors that have contributed to this:The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport finally opened in late 2020, nearly a decade behind schedule; the old airport wasn’t really equipped for major expansionUnfortunately airberlin liquidated in late 2017, and that’s the airline that operated some long haul routes out of BerlinWhile Berlin is the biggest city in Germany, Frankfurt and Munich are the business hubs, and also the hubs that Lufthansa has been focused onThat means Berlin is largely left with leisure demand (which isn’t going to consistently be lucrative, especially for full service airlines) and government traffic (which is likely to fly with Lufthansa)Berlin is a great city, and I’m hopeful that Norse Atlantic is exactly the right fit for this market.Norse Atlantic will fly to Berlin BrandenburgBottom lineNorse Atlantic will be launching flights from Berlin to both New York and Los Angeles, which marks Norse Atlantic’s third European gateway. It’s exciting to see a transatlantic ultra low cost carrier not just trying to replicate the route networks of other airlines, but rather opening up new markets.What do you make of Norse Atlantic adding Berlin flights?