Norse Atlantic has announced more additions to its growing schedule. The carrier will take off from London Gatwick Airport on 12 August – two months after the first long-haul routes from Olso begin.
Norway’s latest low-cost long-haul carrier, Norse Atlantic, was founded in February 2021. The carrier launched with a similar USP and a clear goal – to succeed where predecessor Norwegian Air Shuttle (commonly known as Norweigan) failed, as they were forced to axe long-haul operations and undergo intensive restructuring efforts in 2021 due to heavy financial losses.
Norse Atlantic is due to start operations this June and announced its first four routes across the U.S in April. It was expected that the airline would announce more routes in the coming months as June approached.
Norse Atlantic will operate two London Gatwick flights a day using Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Initially, the carrier will fly Oslo – Gatwick – JFK (John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York) and back. But this may change once Norse Atlantic receives its UK air operator’s certificate.
Passengers can book via Gatwick’s website or Norse Atlantic’s website and return tickets are available from £255.
To clarify, Norway-based will operate Gatwick – JFK and back, Oslo – Gatwick and back. London Gatwick serves as a kind of UK hub for the Norwegian carrier from Oslo.
The addition of London Gatwick to Norse Atlantic’s schedule pushes its total confirmed routes ahead of its June launch to six. As previously reported by Travel Radar, Norse Atlantic announced its first four routes in late April to popular destinations across the U.S such as Orlando, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, and (of course) New York’s JFK from Oslo.
Bjorn Tore Larsen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Norse Atlantic, was pleased that Norse was offering a connection between London Gatwick and JFK:
“Customers now have an affordable option allowing them to book a last-minute trip or a holiday of a lifetime with an airline that offers choice and flexibility.”
London Gatwick has struggled during the pandemic – the airport was forced to close one of its terminals (the South Terminal) in June 2020 and only reopened again this March. On a mission to improve demand and recover financially, it is not a surprise that Gatwick’s chief executive Stewart Wingate was “delighted” to welcome Norse Atlantic to London. Wingate continued:
“It’s always great to see a new tail on the airfield but the arrival of a new airline following the turbulent past two years for the industry, and one that will be offering fantastic long-haul routes across the Atlantic, is particularly exciting news. Passengers across London and the South East will now be able to benefit from another transatlantic service from Gatwick, with Norse offering excellent value for money for those flying out for a dream holiday, or important business trip, to New York, one of the world’s most famous and dynamic cities.”
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