Norwegian to resume long-haul flights from London Gatwick in December

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The vast majority of Norwegian’s long-haul network from the UK is to the US. This makes operating these routes very difficult given the travel ban implemented by the US on European travellers, the increasing rates of coronavirus and the 14 days quarantine you would have to undertake on your return to the UK.

Whilst Norwegian had previously said that it would not return to UK long-haul flying until April 2021, it now appears to have revised its predictions.

It has updated its schedules with some routes now available for booking.  The following are now scheduled to restart from Gatwick, according to Routes Online, in the week commencing 9th December:

Boston – 1 daily (decreases to 5 weekly between 7th January and 27th March)
Los Angeles – 9 weekly (decreases to 5 weekly between 11th January and 14th February)
Miami – 1 daily (decreases to 5 weekly 12th January to 22nd February)
New York – 3 daily (decreases to 16 weekly between 9th January and 27th March)
Orlando – 6 weekly (decreases to 3 weekly between 11th January and 21st February)
San Francisco – 4 weekly (decreases to 3 weekly 19th January to 23rd February)
Tampa – 3 weekly (decreases to 2 weekly 11th January to 27th March)

Whether this actually happens, of course, is another question.

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  1. BSI1978 says:

    Big fan of QA’s own lounge at T4, both for ease of walking to the plane and how quiet & chilled it typically was.

    Quite a significant space to be giving up as well.

  2. Simon says:

    What a shame if this means the end of the Qatar lounge. It was one of the nicest, quietest and relaxing lounges around. Presumably they’ll just direct you to a BA lounge at T5, or if they build their own it will be full of BA customers

    • TGLoyalty says:

      It’s not the end forever. It’s just not feasible to open T4 right now. As soon as USA flights pick up they’ll be shifted to another terminal.

      • Andrew says:

        Or QR will open their own lounge at T5 – they won’t put up with the BA lounge rubbish for their premium pax long term.

    • Andrew says:

      QR always state their lounges are “premium lounges” and therefore outside the rules of One World. Economy status pax will be directed to
      BA lounges and only their own business class passengers allowed access.

      • BA Business Class passengers would be allowed access though. Malaysian Airlines business class passengers could use the Qatar lounge in T4

  3. Gavin says:

    Very helpful. We’re flying out (LHR) and back (LCY) to Ibiza next month; would be particularly good to know what the food and drink offering in economy is like? No doubt different from Heathrow and back to City.

  4. Catalan says:

    Why the panic? The QR move to Terminal 5 is only temporary. Once the pandemic eases all airlines will revert to their previous terminals.

  5. Mr(s) Entitled says:

    If some residents are going to be miffed about the 3pm switch they will be apoplectic when they find out the LHR has already built a third runway as the picture indicates.

    • Matthew says:

      Building the third runway is now even more critical, given some breathing space on capacity and the economic benefit of the construction, jobs etc. The tree hugers need to get real. It will also save stacking which will be beneficial to the environment.

  6. It’s the northern runway at LHR that’s currently closed. I’m a bit unclear exactly how that will help preparing for resurfacing the southern runway – unless they’re able to fit in some survey work on the southern runway in between the currently less frequent flights?

  7. insider says:

    I don’t think I’ll be booking any flights on Norwegian for the forseeable future. I can’t see the US being open properly by December at the rate they’re going, and I very much suspect the majority of these flights will be cancelled, then good luck getting the cash back without a lot of hassle!

  8. old codger says:

    Do you have to have an Instagramme account to view Rhys’ trip? I thought that was only for people who wanted to influence other people to buy cheap tat and adult entertainers.

  9. Voldemort says:

    No chance of America being in a state to travel in Dec.

  10. Phil G says:

    Qatar’s lounge in T4 is one of the best. But I’m sure that will now disappear.

    • Unlikely – Qatar has been spending quite a bit of money extending it.

      BA doesn’t want Terminal 5 running full – it doesn’t benefit anyone (apart from the money BA gets). There is a limit as to how busy T5 and T2 will be allowed to get, irrespective of the actual capacity.

      That said, I agree that T3 is more likely to reopen before T4.

  11. AspirationalFlyer says:

    Lucky Rhys! Looking forward to the write-up!

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