Oakland International Airport on Tuesday announced nonstop flights to Paris begin this week on low-cost Norwegian Air with some one-way tickets priced at $180.
Airport officials said the airline will offer four flights in each direction weekly, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with discounted fares on return flights as low as $236.
Oakland officials are billing the flights, at 11 hours, as the shortest in duration from any Bay Area airport. Takeoff times from Oakland are at 5:05 p.m.
Norwegian Air is one of several discount European airlines that have begun adding flights between western U.S. cities and Europe in recent years. Norwegian also launched twice-weekly flights on Monday between Paris and Denver.
Sacramento International Airport officials say they are also on the hunt for international flights to Europe and recently revamped their incentive fee packages in hopes of enticing some low-cost air carriers.
“Since its arrival at OAK in 2014, Norwegian has continued to be a key partner in growing Oakland as a major gateway between Europe and the San Francisco Bay Area,” Oakland airport official Bryant Francis said in a press statement Tuesday. “This new Paris route brings OAK even more into focus as an easy and convenient choice for travelers both locally and abroad.”
Norwegian currently also flies between Oakland and Barcelona, Copenhagen, London-Gatwick, Oslo, Stockholm and Rome.