Scandinavian low-cost carrier Norwegian is to establish a new base at Gatwick airport from next spring.
The carrier will base three aircraft at the south London airport, which according to Gatwick will enable it to offer 14 new routes from London to destinations including Nice, Marseille, Rome, Barcelona, Faro, Split and Dubrovnik. The full list of new routes is detailed below.
Norwegian will also increase frequencies on existing routes from Gatwick to Oslo (up from three to four flights per day), and Stockholm (up from three to five daily services).
Gatwick says that “Increasing the volume of flights to key routes will enable Norwegian to compete more vigorously for business traffic with airlines operating out of Heathrow and give passengers more flexibility to do a one day return business trip to a key Scandinavian destination from Gatwick”.
By establishing a base at Gatwick, Norwegian will be going up against fellow low-cost carrier Easyjet in what is the UK carrier’s largest base. Easyjet already offers flights on the majority of routes listed below, and Norwegian will be entering an increasingly crowded Gatwick-Barcelona route, with Easyjet and Monarch already serving the route, and Vueling and BA also set to launch flights next year (see online news October 19).
The announcement has been discussed on our forum over the last few days – to take part in the discussion click here.
For more information visit norwegian.com.
Report by Mark Caswell
Gatwick routes to be operated by Norwegian from spring 2013:
- Gran Canaria