Norwegian to launch new flights to Chicago and Austin in spring 2018

Norwegian to launch new flights to Chicago and Austin in spring 2018

Norwegian has announced two new US routes from London Gatwick with flights now on sale to Chicago and Austin.

The announcement comes as the airline celebrates the third anniversary since it first launched low-cost long-haul services from Gatwick.

In July 2014, Norwegian launched its first low-cost long-haul flights from London Gatwick to three US cities – in just three years, Norwegian has grown to serve 13 global long-haul destinations from Gatwick, including nine US cities, Singapore and Buenos Aires.

The new routes from London Gatwick to Chicago and Austin will start from March 2018 and will be served by new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft offering passengers a spacious, modern economy cabin with seatback inflight entertainment.

Starting in March 2018, Norwegian will break the current European monopoly on flights to Austin with a new year-round, three-weekly service to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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With its official slogan of The Live Music Capital of the World, Austin has a world-famous cultural scene which culminates in the South by Southwest festival for film, music and technology

The state capital of Texas also offers a series of historic Texas landmarks and museums, an abundance of parks and green space and a burgeoning food and restaurant scene, as well as being considered one of the world’s major centres for the tech industry

Norwegian chief executive, Bjorn Kjos, said: “Once again we have put the UK at the heart of our ambitious expansion plans, with affordable fares to another two exciting US destinations.

“As America’s third biggest city, Chicago is perfect addition to our growing networks while Austin has also become a major hub for leisure and business travel so we are delighted to offer passengers more choice and lower fares to these vibrant cities.

“Many people said low-cost long-haul would never work but three years, 13 routes and 1.5 million UK passengers later and Norwegian has shown there is huge demand for more affordable long-haul travel.”