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.
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.