Norse Atlantic Airways has been granted an Air Operator Certificate and Operating Licence, allowing the company to begin direct flights from the United Kingdom.
This might come as a bit of a surprise, given that we reviewed two Norse Atlantic flights in recent weeks:
Legally, these flights were operating Oslo – Gatwick – New York – Gatwick – Oslo, which meant that a UK licence was not required.
This was never going to be a practical long term solution as additional US routes were launched. Now that Norse Atlantic has full UK licencing, it will be able to open a UK base and fly between the UK and US without having to hop to Norway each time.
This does mean, however, that the fantastically cheap Premium deals between Gatwick and Oslo may not be around for much longer. Seats are on sale for the rest of the Winter season to the end of March but there is no guarantee that the service will return for the Summer season.