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Norwegian dropping flights from London Gatwick to Singapore

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In a surprise announcement, Norwegian is dropping its London Gatwick to Singapore route from 12th January.

This is a blow to their plans to extend their brand of low(er) cost long-haul flying eastwards as well as to the United States.  I am wondering if this is partly due to their on-going Boeing 787 fleet issues, because Singapore is a long flight and ties up an aircraft which could do two New York runs in roughly the same time.

Norwegian 787

The airline is looking at re-routing options with other airlines, so affected passengers may still get to travel for the price they originally paid.

Comments (19)

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  • Sam G says:

    Not at all surprised that they are dropping Singapore, it’s a very long flight and apart from absolute peak times they couldn’t command any fare premium, it’s a cheap route in economy usually anyway + a myriad of one-stop options

    They may have been better off doing Bali – I am always surprised how many Brits are onboard the KLM flight from Amsterdam and reportedly Garuda have lots of connections off of their London-Jakarta flights some days. Their new large premium cabin at reasonable prices would work well on a holiday route I think

    P.S. – talking of Garuda – I booked the v cheap business class deal to Bangkok I saw on here at the start of the year. Of course they are now cancelling so I am now the proud holder of 2 x SQ business class tickets – feels like a small lottery win !

    • John says:

      How do you identify the Brits on the KLM flight? By accent? Then pay close attention next time and you may find that Norwegian won’t be able to compete until it launches a stronger UK domestic network than BA… KLM serves about 15 UK origins

  • Callum says:

    The airline is looking at re-routing options with other airlines, so affected passengers may still get to travel for the price they originally paid.

    Is it not your absolute right to be rerouted if you choose? Whats with the “may” get to travel?

    • Andrew says:

      Indeed. Norwegian don’t have a choice in the matter. Whether they make it easy or not is a different question though.

      • Peter K says:

        I thought they only had to re-route if it is short notice cancellation but if over month’s notice given they didn’t.

        • Andrew says:

          They need to re-route no matter how much notice is given. If only short notice (14 days) is given then you’re entitled to re-routing AND compensation.

        • Anna says:

          Yes, re-routing is an absolute right, and by comparable means of transport. Something BA also tries to wriggle out of!

        • Callum says:

          It wouldn’t make much sense for the regulations to be ridiculously generous in one way (€200 compensation for a €5 flight being 3 hours late) then let companies cancel your flights and make you buy new ones with one month’s notice – with the new price likely to be much higher than the original.

          It also wouldn’t really make sense for Norwegian to voluntarily look into re-routing options given the hostility they show to paying compensation despite being compelled to by law!

  • Lumma says:

    I was looking at Norwegian to Singapore yesterday and noticed that there was nothing after mid January (I think it was because I got an email from them saying “Singapore from £160” too)

    Shame as it was a cheap way to get to Asia one way to use in conjunction with a low tax points flight from Hong Kong and avios flights in the region.

    • Tom1 says:

      Exactly what I was searching for last night!
      Next cheapest I found was a Finnair man/hel/sin with a 24h stopover – but actually the BA return offer at £420 was the most simple and not using the return.
      Didn’t do anything in the end.

      • Sam G says:

        From London you can usually get Malaysian airlines one way for around 300 – new A350 and their extra legroom seats are worth the money. But yes it still feels expensive when a return is easily obtainable for 400-500. A lot of that is due to APD and shows how unsustainable some of Norwegian’s pricing was

    • Alex Sm says:

      Just returned from SIN (on a 2-4-1 redemption with BA, First + WTP) and was looking for a cheap premium option for next year, and had a lot of hopes for Norwegian, but now they are dashed… ????

  • TigerTanaka says:

    Speculation is that Norwegian is going to replace the Gatwick > Singapore with a Rio flight

  • Londoner says:

    Saw Norwegian dropping that a long time ago. Was looking for the last month to book it in January, but after the 12th economy tickets jumped from around £ 200 to around £ 800. They obviously didn’t want anybody to book it.

  • Mark says:

    Thanks for the heads up Rob, small balance from a United flight that I took back in Feb 2017 sitting in my Aer Club account!

  • Michael says:

    Excellent news about the AerClub Avios from United Airlines finally posting!!!!
    I’ve been waiting over 18months for mine and those of other family members to post.
    I can confirm all posted today. Disgraceful it’s taken AerLingus so long but credit where credit’s due (excuse the pun), AerLingus finally delivered.

  • tartan says:

    This is good news! I managed to nab some incredibly cheap £230 United economy returns to NYC over the Christmas period, so hopefully will get some points via Aer Lingus

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