Ryanair may be set to offer feeder flights to Norwegian’s transatlantic services from Gatwick airport, according to a report in The Sunday Telegraph.
The report cites city sources as saying that CEO Michael O’Leary “will clinch Europe’s first feeder deal in the first quarter of 2017”.
The deal would see Ryanair feed fellow low-cost carrier Norwegian’s long-haul services from Gatwick – the Scandinavian airline recently announced plans to increase the number of flights between Gatwick and the US by 55 per cent next summer.
The Sunday Telegraph also quotes Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s chief marketing officer as saying that talks “are now moving forward with more pace than when we first started discussing the deal – there’s new momentum behind it now”.
Ryanair has previously proposed feeder deals with the International Airlines Group (owners of British Airways, Aer Lingus, Vueling and Iberia), while Easyjet has reportedly discussed the possibility of forming an “alliance” with Lufthansa.
Earlier this year regional carrier Flybe announced a codeshare deal to feed Virgin Atlantic’s flights at Manchester, Glasgow and London Gatwick.