Norwegian to launch Gatwick-Helsinki route

15 Oct 2010 by BusinessTraveller

The carrier has announced a number of new domestic and international routes, including Helsinki to London Gatwick, Rome, Barcelona and Split.

The Gatwick-Helsinki flights will commence on May 12, 2011, initially with a six-times weekly offering (no Saturday service), departing Helisnki at 1700 and landing in London at 1800, with the return leg leaving Gatwick at 1830 and landing back in Helsinki at 2330.

The carrier will compete with Easyjet out of Gatwick, as well as Finnair, BA, and SAS subsidiary Blue1, all of which ply Helsinki from London Heathrow.

The carrier will launch a total of nine new international routes from Helsinki next May, adding to existing flights to Stockholm and Oslo. The new destinations are Copenhagen, Malaga, Nice, Crete (Chania), Rome, Barcelona, London Gatwick, Split and Alicante.

Norwegian launched flights from Stockholm to Gatwick earlier this year, and a spokesperson for the carrier said the route has seen an average load factor of 92 per cent.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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