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Norwegian to increase London Gatwick flights and add more Premium seats

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Norwegian has big plans to expand out of Gatwick, and the airport will be the first to experience an expanded Premium cabin.

In a clear bid to attract business travellers, Norwegian is pulling back from an exclusive focus on opening new routes and will instead focus on increasing frequencies to existing cities.

Gatwick will be the home for the 10 brand new 787 Dreamliners which will enter the Norwegian fleet this year.  These feature 56 seats in the Premium cabin which is 21 more than the current planes.

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The medium term plan is to increase Gatwick – Los Angeles to 11 flights per week, Gatwick – Fort Lauderdale to 4 flights per week and eventually launch a third daily flight on the Gatwick – New York route.

It has also announced plans to fly from London to South America and Asia, with possible flights to Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing, once the airline receives access to the Siberian flight corridor.

In 2019 eight brand-new single-aisle Airbus A321neo LR will be added to Norwegian’s fleet with plans to serve the US East Coast and Midwest.  These are the same aircraft that Aer Lingus is buying to also use on the US East Coast.

The press release about the changes is here.  My review of Norwegian’s Premium seat is here.

Comments (55)

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Re the Gatwick security offer, how busy will it actually be at 6:30am on the 22nd August? Took advantage of some cheap BA tickets with some Avios to Menorca for a summer holiday. As kids are free, the £2 fee is probably a no brainer to walk through.

    I was very lucky at STN this week as they opened a new security queue as I walked up. It took longer to zig zag around the queuing system. However on the way back, using standard passport control (no egates as with the kids) was not a pleasant wait!!

    • Graham Walsh says:

      Booked, now any recommendations on hotels at Gatwick for overnight and parking for a week. HI is coming out at £30 for the night (difference between parking and hotel night). Hilton seems crazy pricing!

      • Cate says:

        Have you tried Travelodge at Povey cross? They’ve recently refurbished and transport to/from LGW North and South (5m-10ins). Parking not undercover if that’s important.

  • Nick says:

    I will eat my hat if Norwegian start flights to Tokyo – the bilateral treaties with Japan are so restrictive it’s almost impossible for it to happen without a major invitation from the Japanese government (which won’t happen). China/HK are a distinct possibility though – if, of course, they decide they can afford the Russian overflight fees (which itself is questionable as they’re rather high!)

  • wally1976 says:

    I thought the £5 for guaranteed No1 Lounge Access stopped including the premium security on 31/8/17?

  • insider says:

    What are your views Rob on the ‘security’ of buying a Norwegian flight at the moment? Their full year results for 2017 looked absolutely terrible, any risk going forward?

    • Rob says:

      We have one for March, put it that way. Financially you are ok anyway via your credit card so the risk is only failure to find an alternative for similar cost.