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Flyr launches flights from London Gatwick

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Flyr is a low-cost Norwegian airline operating to a range of European destinations from Oslo. If you don’t know the name, you may know the name of founder Erik G. Braathen who owned the now-defunct carrier Braathens.

The carrier launched in late 2021 and has a fleet of 12 Boeing 737 aircraft.

Flyr is planning to launch flights from Gatwick to Oslo for the Summer 2023 season, starting in late March. These will compete with Norse Atlantic, albeit Norse Atlantic has a very attractive Premium cabin which I reviewed here.

There will be six flights per week (no Saturday services) with generally early evening departures from London, arriving late into Oslo.

If you are planning a visit to Oslo I’d suggest you fly out on Norse Atlantic (noon departure from London) and back on Flyr (4pm-5pm departure from Oslo) if you want to maximise your trip.

Note that Flyr has financial issues at the moment which you may want to consider before booking. You should definitely use a credit card for extra protection if you do book.

Comments (24)

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  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    I don’t know if it was deliberate (maybe to ensure people read the article in full to be aware of the airlines financial situation) but there’s no link to the Flyr website in the article.

  • lumma says:

    Interesting that Flyr block the middle seat in the first few rows, Club Europe style, although the cost is around £63 to select one. (Normal seat £17, exit row £21 on the flight I checked)

    Whole thing prices in Norwegian Krone even if departing UK, at least on the mobile site

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      I had just been playing round with their website ( and was going to report back the same thing! The other thing to note is they do not accept Amex.

      If they flew where I wanted I would give them a try if the price was right, I like the idea of being able to easily block the middle seat. But pay with a credit card for the extra protection. I had booked flights with the old Flybe before they collapsed and thanks to the credit card protection I didn’t lose a thing.

  • John T says:

    I was very underwhelmed with Oslo as a summer destination. It rained every day I was there (July), was jaw-droppingly expensive and other than the Opera House not particularly attractive.
    Norway has stunning natural scenery but Oslo doesn’t have much to offer.

    • Alex Sm says:

      That’s not true. You just didn’t do your research properly I guess, plenty of things to see and visit, even on rainy days. My partner and I spent quality time there in late May and were pleasantly surprised with all the sights and places we visited and saw

  • Will in SJC says:

    Braathens is only “defunct” because it was acquired by SAS in 2004. The use of “defunct” makes it sound like they went out of business which seems a bit unfair.

    The Braathens name is one long associated with aviation in the Nordic region. It’s a shame the Flyr venture isn’t proving as successful as Braathens.

  • vol says:

    😯 wow, different strokes!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • S says:

    How come I only ever get offered 80% from IHG? I actually do need to buy some today as I can make a substantial saving on a room rate!

  • Chancer says:

    I believe today is also the last day for buying double Hilton points, but that’s based on memory of an email warning it was ending soon, so double check.

  • Andrew. says:

    I’m interested in flying to these Flybe destinations, but with Flybe’s reputation for announcing destinations then cancelling a fortnight or so before launch…

    It’s a real risk booking prepaid accommodation.

    • ADS says:

      I came here to say the same thing !

      Instead of “a new route has been announced” … Flybe has announced that it may fly to Bergerac if enough bookings materialise … if not, the route will be cancelled (possibly days) before launch.

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