Norwegian is to launch direct long-haul low-fare flights from Italy’s Milan Malpensa Airport in the north of the country to Los Angeles from 16 June.

The hub serves a number of low-fare airlines including easyJet and Wizz Air. Norwegian will use the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to connect the two cities for the first time in 16 years.

The four flights a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday will allow passengers to reach Los Angeles in around 12 hours, without any stopovers, starting from €239.90 each way.

“2017 has been a year of exponential growth for Norwegian in Europe and the United States,” said Norwegian CEO, Bjorn Kjos, adding that in 2018, “We will continue our long-haul expansion by offering passengers easy and affordable connections between the US and some of Europe’s most exciting cities.”