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Norwegian launches new routes from London Gatwick to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale

18-Oct-2013 7:50 AM

Norwegian announced (17-Oct-2013) plans for an expansion of its London Gatwick operations in 2014, with the launch of three new trans-Atlantic routes, five new European routes and an expansion in frequencies on a number of existing services - see Route Changes Table for more information:

  • London Gatwick-Fort Lauderdale: Twice weekly service to launch on 04-Jul-2014 using Boeing 787-8 equipment. According to Innovata, the carrier will be the route's only operator;
  • London Gatwick-Los Angeles: Twice weekly service to launch on 02-Jul-2014 using 787-8 equipment. According to Innovata, the carrier will be the route's only operator;
  • London Gatwick-New York JFK: Three times weekly service to launch on 03-Jul-2014 using 787-8 equipment. According to Innovata, the carrier will be the route's only operator;
  • London Gatwick-Thira Santorini: Weekly service to launch on 05-Apr-2014 using 737-800 equipment. According to Innovata, easyJet also operates on the route;
  • London Gatwick-Corfu: Weekly service to launch on 19-Jul-2014 using 737-800 equipment. According to Innovata, easyJet also operates on the route;
  • London Gatwick-Catania: Weekly service to launch on 05-Apr-2014 using 737-800 equipment. According to Innovata, British Airways and easyJet also operate on the route;
  • London Gatwick-Larnaca: Weekly service to launch on 05-Apr-2014 using 737-800 equipment. According to Innovata, British Airways, easyJet and Monarch Airlines also operate on the route;
  • London Gatwick-Budapest: Three times weekly service to launch on 30-Mar-2014 using 737-800 equipment. According to Innovata, easyJet also operates on the route.

The carrier also intends to add frequencies on existing services from London Gatwick to Malaga, Ibiza, Split, Dubrovnik, Palma de Mallorca, Faro, Tenerife, Copenhagen and Barcelona. Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos said: "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. 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." London Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate added: "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. 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." [more - original PR] [more - original PR - Norwegian] [more - original PR - LGW] [more - original PR - BUD] [more - original PR - BUD - Hungarian] [more - original PR - FLL]