Posted on: 17 October 2013 by Mark Howells
Norwegian is to launch three new long-haul routes between London Gatwick and New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) in summer 2014.
Norwegian has also announced five new European routes and increased frequencies on some existing ones.
Norwegian is continuing its international expansion as it takes delivery of more Boeing 787s. The addition of London Gatwick to its intercontinental route map follows, according to the airline, “great success with its new European routes from Gatwick launched earlier this year”.
“There’s great demand for high quality flights at a low fare between the UK and the US, particularly to and from London Gatwick, where no other airline currently offers these routes,” explained Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos. “We are looking forward to welcoming many new customers on board our brand new aircraft. Launching long-haul routes between London Gatwick and the United States is also an important part of our strategy to expand internationally and get a stronger foothold in markets outside Scandinavia.”
“This is one of the most exciting route developments since Gatwick’s change of ownership four years ago and shows the benefits to passengers of Gatwick competing with Heathrow on routes, price and service,” commented Stewart Wingate, CEO of London Gatwick. “Norwegian’s decision to re-establish London Gatwick's links to strategic destinations in North America gives passengers, once again, real choice about how to get there and, importantly, provide options for affordable travel to popular business and leisure destinations. Norwegian’s decision to operate high quality services on new long range aircraft offering good-value fares to the US from London Gatwick is a significant industry game-changer.”
In addition to the long-haul routes, Norwegian is adding five new European destinations from London Gatwick – Santorini, Corfu, Sicily (Catania), Cyprus and Budapest. The carrier is also adding more frequencies to the following existing destinations – Malaga, Ibiza, Split, Dubrovnik, Majorca, Faro, Tenerife, Copenhagen and Barcelona.
Norwegian currently offers 320 weekly flights and 25 routes from London Gatwick.