Norwegian has been awarded a total of six weekly slots at Heathrow airport for next year.
Slot coordinator Airport Coordination Limited (ACL) confirmed the news on its initial report for the summer 2020 season, published on December 1.
The report shows that Norwegian applied for 14 slots, and was allocated a total of six for the period between March 29, 2020 and October 24, 2020.
This equates to three pairs of slots, which would enable the low-cost carrier to launch a total of three flights per week into and out of Heathrow.
Norwegian has provided the following statement to Business Traveller:
“Norwegian can confirm that the airline has been granted six slots, three take-off and three landing, at London Heathrow. We have a strong track record of disrupting incumbent carriers and alliances by offering low fares and award winning service on specific routes and destinations that were previously operated as monopolies.
“Our strategy benefits both consumers and businesses boosting local economies and employment. We continuously adjust our network in response to demand and we will announce any further changes as and when it is appropriate to do so.”
In October the carrier announced frequency increases on routes from Gatwick to the four “key US destinations” of San Francisco, Austin, Denver and Tampa from March 29, 2020, although the move will also see it reduce frequencies on transatlantic routes to Buenos Aires, Orlando, Miami and Rio from the same date.
Last week the carrier confirmed plans to end end all of its long-haul flights from Sweden and Denmark – also from March 29, 2020, citing “overall demand and commercial viability”.