Norwegian plans further long-haul expansion from Gatwick

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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  • Good for them. BA over-caution has created much space for other carriers to prosper..

    It will be very interesting to see which actual cities Norwegian end up operating.

  • Excellent news. I hope they decide to launch a proper Business Class cabin rather than the Premium Economy “Plus” they seem to offer at the moment.

  • If you look at the business fares BA offers in existing markets where Norwegian is strong this has to be good news for the consumer, but bad for BA shareholders. But, then, there’s got to be something wrong with an airline which won’t give out an email address for customer complaints for fear of being inundated.

  • Although I have traditionally been a fierce advocate of legacy carriers firmly against Low cost carriers and the damage they have brought to the airline industry by putting pressure on fares and consequently on standards overall ,I do believe that Norwegian is adopting some kind of better ,cleaner approach to competition bringing along some better than average standards and creating a pseudo business class on longhaul routes to BKK and USA .
    I will be keen to see if they at a time will manage to create some sort of a mini hub at gatwick London Gatwick feeding and defeeding their long and short haul routes .
    They already have a loyalty scheme that works differently with a much simpler and straight forward approach than what we are used to .
    In all cases I would not expect them to launch a Business class to rival BA s products or others .
    Generally ,Norwegian is knocking at our door with a different message .

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