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Norwegian decides against launching flights from Heathrow Airport

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Late last year Norwegian put its hat in the ring for the Heathrow slot lottery and was awarded a handful of summer 2020 slots.

These takeoff and landing slots would have enabled it to launch three weekly flights from Heathrow Airport.

Norwegian 787

Getting into Heathrow is, on paper, a key ambition for most carriers.  However, in reality, it would not have made much sense.  There would have been no connection opportunities and the cost involved in setting up a separate Heathrow operation probably isn’t worth it for three weekly flights.

Norwegian seems to agree, because after “careful consideration” they have decided to return the slots to the airport.  Given their attempts to control spending and “move from growth to profitability” this was most likely the right decision.

Comments (296)

  • Optimus Prime says:

    Congrats HFP team 🙂

  • Sapiens says:


  • Craig says:

    OT: I’m trying to close a Virgin credit card account but they won’t let me until the balance is cleared. There is a direct debit set up to clear the balance just before the next statement. I thought they couldn’t do this?

    • Charlie says:

      Of the direct debit is more than a few days away, pay balance off by debit card then cancel the direct debit.

    • Charlieface says:

      Defo garbage. They have to allow it under FCA rules and you can pay the balance at the normal schedule

  • George K says:

    OT: can anyone remember the rules of rebooking a lloyds avios voucher flight? Is there any scope to change it to another redemption flight for the same destination?

    • Tom1 says:

      Within the same zone it’s possible.

    • Claire says:

      I asked last weekend and was told ok if in the same zone, subject to amendment fee.

    • BJ says:

      In addition to the same zone it also needs to be in the same cabin. Call to request the change, don’t cancel under any circumstances

    • Jon says:

      This may not be what you’re needing George, but in case useful to anyone else as a data point – I was able recently to change my Lloyd’s voucher booking from a one-person return to a two-person one-way, and also change the date. Same route. Wasn’t sure I’d be allowed to do that, but the agent on the phone was brilliant and got it all sorted out. Usual £35 change fee applies.

  • Polly says:

    Good sell to sponsors too

    • BJ says:

      OT @Polly and others in E/SE Asia, have you heard that DoH is now requesting people returning from eight other countries in addition to China to selr-isolate for 14 days on their return to UK?

      • Nick says:

        @Polly and others in E/SE Asia, BJ’s post is most misleading. You are not expected to self isolate on your return unless you are experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath. The advice from theChief Medical Officers is:

        “Based on the scientific advice of SAGE the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.”

        Enjoy your holidays.

        • BJ says:

          I just passed on from the Great British Press. In any case this advice is of little use if the the virus spreads while people are asymptomatic, which according to the Great British Press again (I am not checking elsewhere) it does. So the CMO advice is as god as that given to Dr Li by the Chinese authorities, sadly the good doctor is now dead.

          • Mr. AC says:

            It might spread without symptoms, yes, but it spreads much easier if you’re coughing / sneezing.

          • Polly says:

            Tnx all, being ultra vigilant atm, no signs here yet in Bali. Staying far away from others at meals etc. Have politely handed big napkins to 2 culprits who sneezed without covering. They quickly finished eating and left. Felt bad, but they were putting other tourists at risk. Even if not infected. My OH mortified, but prefer to be safer than sorry.
            Phuket seems ok atm too. Thing is, you can self isolate when home no problem. Think we would like to get bk home, just in case it really does kick off in other places.
            Big noises in China yesterday and today now re the Dr Li debacle. Handled very badly by Chinese media. Shameful behaviour by gov. They hadn’t learned from SARS it seems. Deny, deny, deny.

      • Craig says:

        I contacted my employer the other day, I return on the 13th and they have given me 2 weeks gardening leave!

      • Alan says:

        That’s not correct, only if symptomatic. The other countries have been added to the case definition – all countries that have >10 confirmed cases (with the exception of Australia and USA that also have more but aren’t on the list!).

      • Lady London says:

        I suggest you just stay there in Asia till it passes @Polly! Will save on heating bills as well – probably greener than at home!

        • Polly says:

          Love to, but plans await…might change our minds tho nearer the time…it’s warm, that’s for sure. Plenty of swimming, and eating our greens plus plus!

  • Chris says:

    Indeed many congratulations. Even though I am excluded from your parties because I work in Laos I love my emails breaking up my morning/lunchtime. If you should ever branch out and decide to hold a party in this region I can make some recommendations….

    Please keep up the great work. I have saved lots and had upgraded experiences in the 5 (?) years since I have subscribed.

    • memesweeper says:

      @Chris wouldn’t an international party be lovely? Needs to be accessible from a spot with potential for award availability from the UK… and via Doha for the nutters that fly indirectly for tier points. Hong Kong perhaps? That’s not *too* far from Vientiane.

      • Chris says:

        Ok …I’m in.

      • The Savage Squirrel says:

        To be fair, I fly via Doha (and ex EU) because it was £11,000 cheaper on the most recent 4-person booking than fa non-stop UK flight; but I’m a squirrel, so take being “a nutter” as a complement :).

      • Polly says:

        We are happy nutters maintaining our BA silver continuously, and paying 1/3 rd we would pay with BA. Yes, know we break in Doha but it’s not onerous.

    • Lady London says:

      Completely, completely OT and probably rude to ask – but Laos is so unusual from UK can I ask @Chris what type of business are you in there?

      • Polly says:

        That’s the final Asia country we have yet to visit. Sounds interesting, nice to get an insiders view of it…

  • Youllnever says:

    Congrats! I remember a while back Rob mentioned that there was going to be a website redesign. Is this still happening?

    • Alex Sm says:

      Oh yes, this blog definitely needs new features: notifications of replies to your comments, as well as an ability to edit/delete comments. Hope those will appear on the website soon

    • Rob says:

      Yes but slowly.

  • NS says:

    Congrats Rob! The comments can often provide a fair bit of entertainment!

    Re BA app… Is anyone experiencing issues post android update of not being able to load any airports when trying to book a flight. No matter which tab I select its just unresponsive. Great update

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