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Norse Atlantic delays its new winter sun routes

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One of the nails in Norwegian’s coffin was that it chose to fly long haul routes from London Gatwick with strong seasonality on a year-round basis.

Norse Atlantic, which has (literally) inherited Norwegian’s long haul fleet, is loathe to make the same mistake.

It is planning three Caribbean routes that will make the most of its aircraft during the quieter winter months when leisure passengers are less keen on a (cold) USA East Coast city break.

Norse Atlantic launches flights from Gatwick to Caribbean

The plan seems to be wobbling, however. The launch of the three Caribbean routes:

  • Barbados – daily
  • Kingston (Jamaica) – three flights per week
  • Montego Bay (Jamaica) – four flights per week

…. has been delayed. Instead of starting in the last week of October, flights on all three routes will now start on 1st December.

This will mean some chunky rerouting bills for Norse ….

As well as the Caribbean routes, the following will continue to operate during the winter but (in some cases) with reduced frequencies:

  • Boston
  • Miami
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Orlando
  • San Francisco
  • Washington DC

You can read our review of flying Premium on Norse Atlantic from Gatwick to New York here. Premium is definiely the sweet spot if you are thinking of booking with Norse.

You can also see how Norse Atlantic’s premium economy compares to British Airways and Virgin Atlantic here.

Norse is not in any airline alliance and you cannot earn or redeem miles on their services – but they can be cheap if you don’t take luggage and their Premium seat is impressive.

Comments (21)

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  • Andrew J says:

    That hotel is also included in the Millennium Amex deal.

  • Richie says:

    To avoid re-routing bills, Norse could copy others by acknowledging claims and then going silent for weeks and months.

    • JDB says:

      They may elect to go down the involuntary refund route, a fairly effective muddying of the waters practice.

      • Richie says:

        I note Norse aren’t part of Aviation ADR and not CEDR, so DR doesn’t seem an option.

        • JDB says:

          It’s odd who does or doesn’t choose to subscribe to ADR services – for example Wizz, EasyJet and Ryanair do, but none of the Spanish airlines are signed up. With so many people now using 241s on Iberia that’s going to prove quite an issue; could create a thread longer than Creation.

  • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

    I saw a member of Norse cabin crew at Brighton station earlier.

    Very smart uniform with blue accents and a blue pocket handkerchief in the breast pocket.

  • Matt says:

    Does anyone know why the Qatar premium lounge at LHR T4 doesn’t open until 07:30 on Fridays? Other days it opens at 05:00. I have a Qatar J flight on a Friday (not till March ‘24) departing LHR at 08:05. It would be a shame to not be able to use the lounge. The frequent flyer lounge opens at 0500 so seems odd that J pax can’t use the proper lounge on the Friday morning flights. Any insight? Thanks.

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      Will it have something to do with Friday being a day QR give staff extra hours off to attend Friday prayers? The Nakheel Mall on the Palm Jumeirah converts a section of the car park to Friday prayers space and any workers in the mall stream out to partake

  • Dan says:

    Norse were selling those routes “subject to government approval”. If they haven’t got that approval yet, are they still bound by UK261 rerouting laws?

    • Richie says:

      Yes. Passengers have automatic absolute rights under Art. 8 when they have a booking.

      • JDB says:

        Trouble is that if a flaky airline like this doesn’t provide your Article 8 rights, you may have to make a big outlay for replacement flights, then you have to take them to MCOL and hope you both win the full sum and get paid, neither of which is a given.

        • Londonsteve says:

          If you win in the small claims, why wouldn’t you get paid? I appreciate that Wizz passengers have in recent months been resorting to bailiffs to get what’s owed to them but it’s very often the case that one needs to engage a bailiff to enforce a court judgement. I see it as all part of the same process and unless you’re dealing with a fly by night operation, you’ll get paid eventually.

          • JDB says:

            a) the court needs to decide that your rerouting costs were “necessary, appropriate and reasonable” and if you do get a default judgment or actually win, enforcement just isn’t quite as easy as some people like to make out. There are plenty of cases (and we have read of some here where) the defendant applies to set aside the default judgment or the enforcement which can then create all sorts of costs and risks. You need to know what you are doing.

          • Stu_N says:

            You’re never certain in litigation and at the end of the process – which could be a year or more by the time you fly, submit claim, claim bounced, MCOL process then bailiffs – the airline still needs to exist to pay your claim.

          • JDB says:

            And of course Norse might be bust by the time the case trundles through the system and a chargeback/s75 won’t help beyond a refund.

  • The Savage Squirrel says:

    I stayed at the Pullman Liverpool during a Covid lockdown with some restricted travel allowed. Smart clean modern 4* as you’d expect. Very convenient for arena and waterfront attractions and plenty of parking.
    The best rooms are the few on the thin end side of the long rectangle with a view West. As there were about 3 people in the entire hotel, they gave me, the panoramic north-west corner room (mini-suite really) on a high floor – so the best room in the hotel. Sat in bed I had a sweeping floor-to-ceiling view across the river Mersey to the front and turn my head right and the side window had the Liver building and Albert Dock. The cost for this … £45 per night. I’ll never get more bang-for-my-buck ever again 😀

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      Lockdown truly was a gift if you were still travelling.

      • Nick G says:

        Especially the grand suite at Sheraton Park Lane deal…….never to be repeated sadly!

  • teaboy says:

    A certain someone must be having a great holiday! Two hat-tips within 24 hours! And for those getting an email, they might be seeing two in one email! I need to sit down…

  • Alex Sm says:

    Great idea re Liverpool, I have never been, the rates are still there. Will book Fri night, parkrun on a Saturday, some sightseeing, and coming back in the evening

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