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.
As one of the world’s leading centres for financial services, logistics and technology, Norwegian’s new route to Singapore opens up new opportunities for business and leisure travellers and access to the wider access Asia-Pacific.
Norwegian will offer UK passengers an affordable way to access the cosmopolitan ‘Lion City’, which perfectly combines the old with the new - historic neighbourhoods and temples; picturesque beaches and parks; all bordered by modern skyscrapers offering a city lifestyle of shopping malls and fine dining
Norwegian already offers affordable flights from London Gatwick to nine US destinations including the newly announced routes to Seattle and Denver.
With a huge aircraft order and new traffic rights in place, the new Singapore route marks the first step in Norwegian’s ambitions to expand its existing long-haul network into a range of new global markets.
Norwegian chief executive, Bjorn Kjos, said: “Our transatlantic flights have shown the huge demand for affordable long-haul travel, so we are delighted to expand into new markets and offer our first route to Asia from the UK.
“Travel should be affordable for all so adding Singapore to our growing UK network will give passengers even more choice for affordable, quality travel to a range of global destinations.
“The UK is at the heart of Norwegian’s ambitious plans for growth so it is a significant moment not only to launch this exciting new route, but also for it to be the first long-haul route to take to the skies with our new ‘Norwegian UK’ subsidiary.”
The Singapore route will be operated by the UK subsidiary Norwegian UK which was established in 2015 to give the airline a stronger foothold in the UK market, and allow it to access bilateral traffic rights to a series of new markets in Asia, Africa and South America.
NUK is headquartered at London Gatwick, and will use British-registered Dreamliner aircraft and Gatwick-based crew to operate the new services.
Lee Seow Hiang, chief executive, Changi Airport Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Norwegian to Changi’s portfolio of airlines in September; it will enhance options for Changi Airport’s passengers as well as attract more UK visitors to Singapore.
“With changing consumer preferences and an improvement in aircraft technology, low-cost carriers have taken the opportunity to expand into the long-haul market.
“We will continue to work with our airline partners to exploit other such opportunities to grow their operations at Changi.”
Norwegian carries 5.2 million UK passengers each year from four UK airports, to more than 50 global destinations.