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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)

  • Andrew says:

    Bits – Morrisons

    First Direct’s Visa Offers have just been updated for the Weekend and there’s a 10% fund return opportunity – with a maximum return of quite staggering £100!

    Also there’s a new IHG offer for Holiday Inn Express on FD Visa at 5% for the next week or so.

    And a 10% offer on Spar has reappeared on LBG.

    • EwanG says:

      Thanks Andrew.
      Sadly no Morrisons on my FD card last week or this but it was on Visa Offers with my HSBC card (taken for the switcher offer). A glut of good offers on just now, shops must be desperate!
      Book of Waitrose MOCs arrived yesterday – need to start spending less with them as the bar is higher than where I want it to be, particularly as off-sale purchases don’t count against spend in Scotland.

      • BJ says:

        OT @Ewan, my Monese card topping up fine again via East Craigs Co-op. Unfortunately, it now refuses to let me withdraw cash at ATM.

        • EwanG says:

          Thanks @BJ. My 1 month premium has expired before I got round to doing any top-ups, but I might take up 3 months premium tonight as I have to go to a Scotmid/Co-op to post something, choice of two at Drumbrae. Not bothered about withdrawing Monese via ATM so long as I can transfer e.g. to Revolut!

          • BJ says:

            Have you found a Scotmid taking amex? I tried a coupke around Stockbridge without success a few years back so I never tried since.

          • EwanG says:

            @BJ I’ll find out tonight! No success on my first try a few weeks ago!

          • BJ says:

            Ok Ewan, thanks.

          • EwanG says:

            @BJ Success at the two Scotmids I tried, Boswall Pkwy and another a short distance to the E.

    • BJ says:

      15%, maximum £10 on my Club Lloyds.

    • Harry T says:

      Amazes me when they think that saying the offer excludes gift cards means anything…

      Thanks for the tip.

    • Rob says:

      HSBC offers me 10% off ONE Cafe Nero transaction.

      This is genuinely the best HSBC Visa deal I have ever been offered, I think.

    • Charlieface says:

      FYI the Sky Mobile offer tracked for me when I was under the £20 a month threshold and the Sky Mobile offer tracked when I moved an existing contract direct debit to that account, as did EE a while back.

  • TonyG says:

    Does requesting an increase on a virgin card trigger a credit search?

  • Paul says:

    Social Blade is a great site to see suspicious social media activity regarding likes and followers
    God Save The Instagram Followers

    • aDifferentSimon says:

      meow! Maybe something really interesting happened in July 17 and the lat week of Nov 19…

  • Harry T says:

    OT:
    Going to get my partner to upgrade to Platinum. Thinking of paying council tax on Amex at the coop to help hit the 4k spend for the bonus. Any recent issues with coop accepting Amex for council tax payments? Worked for me last year.

    • Rob says:

      Totally depends on how the staff are trained at your Co-Op ….

    • BJ says:

      If this is your partners council tax in Edinburgh then she needs to ask them for a payment card. The council has a stupid limit of £150 per transaction though so you get co-op to swipe card once for £150 and swipe again for the balance over £150 thst is due (or another £150 if you want to overpay or CT is over £300), then pay for both as a single amex transaction. Do not ask if amex is ok, just pop your card in the reader and pay. I have never had any problem with any co-op in Edinburgh for CT payments, other payments yes but not CT. Edinburgh City Council will also happily refund her any overpayments to her bank if she has a number on file for direct debits so if you want to then pay the lot in April and request a refund in May.

      • Harry T says:

        @BJ
        Thanks, it’s for my council tax in Newcastle. I think they have a similar system here though. Partner doesn’t pay council tax because she’s a postgrad student!

    • Charlieface says:

      Esso and BP and sometimes even Shell also have Paypoint and usually accept cards for it.

      • BJ says:

        You don’t want to go there with the lady at my local Esso. She knows exactly what’s going on with all things cards and is very happy to share her displeasure 🙂

        • Shoestring says:

          nice folks at my Texaco with an even nicer Paypoint machine

          • BJ says:

            Thst’s good. Unfortunately this Esso is my most (in)convenient paypoiht by far.

          • Shoestring says:

            maybe you need to josh her along a bit – my Texaco guys are – like – the only dark skinned guys in the village – not exactly true as we have a few Chinese/ Thai/ Indian restaurants in Cornwall – but not many non white Brits, that’s the truth – so I’m not exactly yo Texaco bro, how ya doin’ Texaco bro down here from London? – but I do act sort of friendly, bit of a smile etc

      • Harry T says:

        Cheers!

  • Secret Squirrel says:

    Would my partner receive a referral bonus if she referred me to BAPP, I am already holding the BA Blue card & I was under the impression recently if you applied for BAPP but already held BA Blue it was counted as an upgrade?

    • Rob says:

      I saw a report recently where someone said they didn’t get the referral bonus when doing the same thing.

      • fivebobbill says:

        Yeah me! Tried it a few months back and no referral bonus appeared, so got the card holder to call Amex and they confirmed no bonus for referrer if cardholder already held Blue ;-(

      • eli says:

        tWas me!

        I called before referring my wife the BAPP and was clearly told I would get the referral points.
        On further phone calls I was told to wait as it can take 90 days…….
        until the news was broken that I would not receive the points, I asked for the exact wording on the T&C’s, the (surprisingly dumb CS agent) read out totally irrelevant stuff. to cut the long story short, I got a call back from a manager who listened into my previous conversations, agreed that I had been miss informed and very kindly dumped 9000 avios into my account.

  • Simon says:

    Sorry, All, for this OT, but with all the Revolut/Virgin re-coding hijinks lately and not ever doing this kind of thing routinely myself, then I simply cannot remember what the right answer is: an ATM withdrawal (£100) via Curve with Virgin underlying: this remain fee-free, doesn’t it? Again, sorry for such banality! Thank you for any response! 🙂

    • MD says:

      Yes still avoids charges. So do HSBC PWE and IHG premium in my recent experience.

      • Simon says:

        Thanks a lot, MD. Much appreciated! 😉

        • Secret Squirrel says:

          How many MR points does someone referring from Gold card to BAPP?
          Does the referrer get the points just for acceptance?

          • Shoestring says:

            6000, it doesn’t matter which card the referee decides on (except if it’s a ‘nothing’ card)

          • Anna says:

            You get the referral bonus if they are accepted but it’s only 6000 MR points now 😩

          • Secret Squirrel says:

            Cheers SS & Anna, just hope if I canx I’m accepted again as now got 4 x CC’s on the go with a hard search just hit for the IHG white this week.

          • Shoestring says:

            4 is nothing, dare you to double it and go for 8 – why the hell not? 🙂

          • Mikeact says:

            I won’t tell you how many I have, suffice to say that the Guinness book of records (uk) was on my radar in the 80/90’s. And they are mostly still live, apart from some that have died a death or been aquired.

  • Russ says:

    Just picked up a £4 off £40.00 spend at Waitrose with till receipt. Will go nicely with the 4% rebate from Amex.

  • Secret Squirrel says:

    @Shoestring:
    How many cards have you got on the go?

    • Shoestring says:

      nothing much compared to the past

      going to get my wallet & check

      • Shoestring says:

        17, looks like – might be a couple in there I confiscated from my wife/ son as they don’t understand focused spend

        • Shoestring says:

          why don’t you consider getting 3 policies with different providers, all through MT?

          I’m bloody 57 this year and never paid anything like £5 – otoh I am healthy, never smoked (true), don’t drink any alcohol etc

        • BJ says:

          You want the shortest policy to cover the smallest mortgage. I’m 52 and my policies are £1.3X and £1.6X. Decided to keep them after unexpected surgery last year.

          @Harry, how come you’re paying £6 for L&G. Did you not choose the option to pay £5, or was it not available to you? I note we cannot claim voucher until 6 months have passed so it must have been Sun Life that sent me the voucher quickly last time. In their terms Sun Life state they reserve the right to refuse a voucher to anybody who has applied and cancelled before so I’m undecided whether to try it again.

        • Shoestring says:

          presumably they didn’t like my age/ postcode combo – £5 not offered

        • BJ says:

          Age I guess, the premiums probably start to go up quite sharply after a certain age.

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