London Gatwick-N America: Norwegian Air still leads, but growth pauses
On 2-Jul-2019 Norwegian celebrated the fifth anniversary of its long haul operations from London Gatwick (LGW) to North America. The airline has now carried almost 5 million passengers on this part of its network since launching LGW to Los Angeles, followed in the same week of Jul-2014 by New York JFK and Fort Lauderdale launches.
In the week of 8-Jul-2013, the summer before Norwegian's entry, there were 11 LGW-North America routes and no LCC operators (source: OAG). In Jul-2019 there are 22 routes, of which 17 have low cost airlines (11 for Norwegian and six for WestJet).
After a near tripling of annual seat capacity in the LGW-North America market between 2013 and 2018, growth is reversing slightly this year as Norwegian pauses, Virgin Atlantic cuts back (it withdrew from LGW-Las Vegas in Mar-2019), and other leading operators tread water. Nevertheless, this market now has strong roots and should continue to flourish.
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