Norwegian has announced three new long-haul routes from Gatwick to the USA.
The carrier will launch services from the Sussex airport to New York (JFK), Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale next summer, as well as five new European routes and additional frequencies on others.
The new routes will include flights from Gatwick to Santorini, Corfu, Sicily, Cyprus and Budapest.
Extra frequencies will be added on connections to Malaga, Ibiza, Split, Dubrovnik, Majorca, Faro, Tenerife, Copenhagen and Barcelona.
The airline will be using some of its new Boeinng 787 Dreamliners to operate the routes.
“There’s great demand for high quality flights at a low fare between the UK and the US, particularly to and from London Gatwick, where no other airline currently offers these routes. We are looking forward to welcoming many new customers on board our brand new aircraft. Launching long-haul routes between London Gatwick and the United States is also an important part of our strategy to expand internationally and get a stronger foothold in markets outside Scandinavia,” said Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos.
Gatwick’s CEO Stewart Wingate called the announcement a ‘game-changer’, allowing the airport to compete on routes with Heathrow that it has not offered before.
Under new owners the airport has been developing a larger network of European and long-haul routes, with Norwegian alone offering 320 weekly flights and 25 routes from Gatwick.
“Norwegian’s decision to re-establish London Gatwick’s links to strategic destinations in North America gives passengers, once again, real choice about how to get there and, importantly, provide options for affordable travel to popular business and leisure destinations. Norwegian’s decision to operate high quality services on new long range aircraft offering good-value fares to the US from London Gatwick is a significant industry game-changer,” Wingate added.
Norwegian moved its flights from Stansted to Gatwick in 2009.