Norwegian plans further long-haul expansion from Gatwick

2 Nov 2015 by GrahamSmith

Norwegian is set to expand its long-haul network from London Gatwick to destinations in India, South Africa and South America.

The low-cost carrier, which already flies from Gatwick to the US, is set to be granted a full UK operating licence by the Civil Aviation Authority this week, which will allow it to extend its long-haul coverage.

According to The Times, Norwegian will be granted access to countries which have a bilateral deal on flights with the UK government.

Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said that the airline will initially look at routes to India such as Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta, with destinations including South Africa, Argentina and Brazil planned for 2017.

He added that flights could also operate from Birmingham.

Kjos said: "Securing a UK operating licence will be an important step to get a stronger foothold in the UK as we plan for further expansion, new routes and new jobs."

Rob Gill

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