While it waits for a determination on its contentious transatlantic routes, low-cost airline Norwegian continues to expand its services from the UK with the introduction this week of two new routes from London Gatwick to Keflavik, Iceland and Rovaniemi, Finland.
Norwegian will add its first UK service to the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik starting from 30th October. The airline will offer three weekly direct flights through the winter season on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
“Norwegian are now making winter breaks to the city more affordable, as fares on the new direct route will start from just £29.90 one-way,” the airline states.
For those who want to meet the original Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) Norwegian is offering the UK’s only scheduled direct flight to his home in Lapland’s capital – Rovaniemi. It’s also a good opportunity to catch the Northern lights.
That service will begin on the 19th December, and Norwegian offers twice-weekly flights on Mondays and Fridays and fares start from£49.90 one-way.
Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian said: “We are committed to offering low-fares with choice and flexibly for our passengers. Both Reykjavik and Rovaniemi are fantastic additions to our growing UK route network, which now serves more than 50 destinations nonstop. The addition of these new routes and extra capacity to some of our most popular winter destinations will make this our busiest winter at London Gatwick.”
For those who would rather go somewhere warm, Norwegian, has also increased the number of London Gatwick flights to Lanzarote, Tenerife, Tromso and Grenoble this winter season, adding an additional 25,000 seats for these routes.
The airline is launching an additional weekly service to Lanzarote and Tenerife departing Wednesday and Thursday respectively. Tromso gets a third weekly service on Wednesdays and Grenoble service will increase to a twice-weekly service on Saturdays.
Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: “These latest new routes show Norwegian providing new low cost services to destinations people want to fly to. I expect these routes will be as successful as Norwegian’s others, including their ground-breaking low cost long-haul routes to the US. I look forward to continued close working with Norwegian on what looks like being their busiest year at Gatwick yet.”
Norwegian has also launched two new routes from Manchester, with a twice-weekly service to Gran Canaria starting 30th October and twice-weekly service to Tenerife starting 1st November.
With these new routes, Norwegian now serves over 50 business and leisure winter destinations from London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham with more than 969,000 seats available in the UK market throughout winter, served by the airlines’ new Boeing 737 aircraft with free Wi-Fi onboard.
Schedule of new routes:
London Gatwick to Keflavik – From 1st November will operate on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays – Fares from £29.90
London Gatwick to Rovaniemi – From 19th December will operate on Mondays and Friday – Fares from £49.90
Manchester to Gran Canaria – From 30th October will operate on Fridays and Sundays – Fares from £39.90
Manchester to Tenerife – From 1st November will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays – Fares from £39.90
Norwegian also offers UK passengers the only direct low-cost flights to the U.S. from £135 one-way.
New direct flights from London Gatwick to Las Vegas will take off from 31st October offering the UK an eight low-cost route to the U.S.