Summer sun bargains as Norwegian Air Shuttle launches Gatwick base

I don’t know how many of you will have heard of Norwegian Air Shuttle, the Norwegian based budget airline. They have advertised their UK to Scandinavia flights fairly heavily (you may subconsciously recognise the bright red they use in their ads and on their planes, see below) but for 99% of Brits they are off the radar.

From Spring 2013, Norwegian is hoping that will change.

The company is launching a new base at Gatwick, taking on easyJet and British Airways.

It already flies to Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki from Gatwick, and will be increasing frequencies to those cities.

It will also be adding:

  • Nice & Marseille
  • Rome
  • Barcelona, Malaga, Alicante and Majorca
  • Faro
  • Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, & Tenerife
  • Split & Dubrovnik
  • Tromsø (Norway)

Tickets are now onsale via www.norwegian.com. They are only basing three aircraft at Gatwick, so frequencies are light. However, you could buy a one-way on Norwegian and return with another carrier if necessary.

There are some good deals to be had at present. Fancy a week in the Algarve in May? Fly out Saturday 4 May, fly back Saturday 11 May and you pay (as of time of writing) £59.20 per person, return.

These prices won’t last forever – possibly not even until you read this – but they will want to fill the planes in their first season and I would imagine they will be aggressive.

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Comments

  1. Jens Moller says:

    Hi Raffles,
    Great blog – it’s my first post, but I have been followed for a little while:-)

    Norwegian Air is a fantastic airliner. A lot of new planes with free WIFI even on coach class.

    And they start flying from Oslo/Stockholm to New York in May 2013. Prices starting from 200 pounds. It is seem like prices from 300 poudnds are realistic in the future. The low prices are possible with their new fuel efficient Dreamliners. However, it beats me how the maths work out.

    Jens
    The Scandinavian

  2. Shame many of the flight frequencies are poor – some of the flight times are pretty poor for the holiday resorts too, with many early starts.

    Norwegian must be utilising the planes to get so many destinations from LGW and they look better than Ryanair.

    Many of the destinations are nicely combined with Avios, so you can take a one-way redemption out and Norwegian back.

    • I agree. It is astonishing the route network they are trying to cover with just 3 planes (although the Scandi routes will presumably be served from bases over there).