Norwegian will launch a new route from London Gatwick to Singapore this winter as the airline’s growing low-cost long-haul UK network expands into Asia for the first time. From September, Norwegian will operate four weekly flights, increasing to five in the winter, from London Gatwick to Singapore Changi Airport.
Norwegian is continuing its transatlantic expansion by launching two new routes from London Gatwick to Seattle and Denver. More than 125,000 seats are available on Norwegian’s first route to America’s Pacific Northwest and the only route from Gatwick to Denver.
Bjørn Kjos, chief executive of low-cost carrier Norwegian Air, has urged rivals to join the carrier in the low-cost transatlantic market. “I hope some of our competitors make it in this market,” he said, “they are creating demand, bringing in passengers who could not afford to fly before.”
Norwegian carried close to 2.1 million passengers in February, an increase of 12 per cent compared to the same month last year. The growth is primarily driven by a 53 per cent growth in the company’s intercontinental traffic.
Norwegian carried more than 2.1 million passengers in January, an increase of 20 per cent compared to the same month previous year.
Norwegian has announced that pioneering pilot Amy Johnson will become its second British tail fin hero, with the renowned pilot’s portrait set to appear on two Norwegian aircraft later this year. The airline has honoured iconic figures on the tails of its aircraft, and already has more than 80 tail fin heroes featuring personalities who symbolise the spirit of Norwegian through innovation, challenging the norm, and inspiring others.
Norwegian has reported highest ever passenger figures for a single year, with almost 30 million passengers flying in 2016. The airline also achieved a load factor of 88 per cent last year. The launch of 34 new routes and a substantial increase of intercontinental traffic contributed considerably to the growth, the airline said earlier.
Almost 700, 000 UK passengers have now joined the Norwegian Reward programme. Low-cost airline Norwegian has reached a milestone for its fast-growing loyalty programme as Norwegian Reward has now attracted five million members.
Norwegian subsidiary Arctic Aviation Assets has taken delivery of its first ever Airbus aircraft. This is the first of 70 A320neos that the Norwegian Group has on order. It is also the first of 12 A320neos that will be leased to Hong Kong carrier HK Express.
Norwegian has outlined the next steps in its plans to launch transatlantic routes from Cork and Shannon Airport. The announcement comes as the airline’s Irish subsidiary Norwegian Air International was awarded a foreign carrier permit by the US authorities this weekend. Norwegian plans to operate daily transatlantic flights between Ireland and the US East Coast.
Low-cost airline Norwegian has launched the UK’s cheapest direct flight to the bright lights of Las Vegas, as the carrier continues its rapid growth in Britain. Europe’s third largest low-cost airline will launch two flights from Gatwick on a Monday and Thursday each week, perfect for a weekend break. Here Eleanor Hawkins takes a trip for Breaking Travel News.