Low-cost carrier Norwegian will begin flying long-haul non-stop between Singapore’s Changi Airport and London Gatwick starting September 28 this year. The new route is part of Norwegian’s wider UK growth plans and marks the first long-haul route to take off under its new Norwegian UK subsidiary.
The new service will fly four times weekly – increasing to five times weekly during the northern winter season – operated by a 344-seat, two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Flights are currently on sale with fares starting from £179.90 (US$230.70) for economy cabin and £699.90 (US$897.5) for premium cabin each way.
“Our transatlantic flights have shown the huge demand for affordable long-haul travel, so we are delighted to expand into new markets and offer our first route to Asia from the UK,” said Norwegian CEO, Bjorn Kjos. “Travel should be affordable for all so adding Singapore to our growing UK network will give passengers even more choice for affordable, quality travel to a range of global destinations.”
The arrival of Norwegian’s new route will see the total number of weekly flights between Singapore and London increase to 50 (during northern winter season). London is Changi Airport’s 14th-busiest route, servicing more than 1.2 million passengers in 2016.
“With changing consumer preferences and an improvement in aircraft technology, low-cost carriers have taken the opportunity to expand into the long-haul market,” said Changi Airport Group CEO, Lee Seow Hiang. “We will continue to work with our airline partners to exploit other such opportunities to grow their operations at Changi.”
Details of the Singapore (SIN)-London Gatwick (LGW) route are as follows (all times local, details of fifth weekly northern winter service to be determined):
*From Sep 29-Oct 6, 2017
**From Oct 13-27, 2017