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29 October 2012
One of Europe’s fastest growing airlines chooses Gatwick to expand its UK operationsGatwick rivaling Heathrow for business traffic to key Northern European business markets – Oslo and Stockholm
One of Europe’s fastest growing airlines chooses Gatwick to expand its UK operations
Gatwick rivaling Heathrow for business traffic to key Northern European business markets – Oslo and Stockholm
Norwegian Air Shuttle, one of Europe’s fastest-growing airlines – has announced it is to establish a new base in London at Gatwick Airport in spring 2013.
Gatwick is already Norwegian’s biggest non-Scandinavian destination with around 100 departures per week. When the airline establishes its UK base at Gatwick next year, it will place three aircraft at the airport, increase the frequency of existing routes to Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki as well as introducing 14 new direct routes from London to the Mediterranean, including Nice and Rome.
Increasing the volume of flights to key routes will enable Norwegian to compete more vigorously for business traffic with airlines operating out of Heathrow and give passengers more flexibility to do a one day return business trip to a key Scandinavian destination from Gatwick.
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive said: “We are delighted that Norwegian has chosen to grow its operations out of Gatwick by establishing its UK base here. Since Norwegian moved its Scandinavian routes from Stansted to Gatwick a few years ago we have worked hard to make that move a success. Their decision to establish their UK base at Gatwick demonstrates the strength of Gatwick’s offering to airlines.”
“By establishing a new base in London, Norwegian will be positioned to meet the future competition on short-haul routes within Europe as well as long-haul routes globally. Growth and volumes are necessary to stay competitive in the airline industry.” said CEO Bjørn Kjos of Norwegian.
Over the past three years Gatwick has been transformed into a world class airport focused on improving the passenger experience. We have spent over £650 million on new facilities. From car parks, check in, security areas, through to the departures lounges, including award winning business traveller facilities, the airport has made the passenger experience more convenient, quick, pleasant and hassle-free.
With quick rail connections into where it matters in London , Gatwick is looking forward to supporting Norwegian’s growth at Gatwick and enable them to compete on short and long haul routes.
About Norwegian Air Shuttle
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, commercially branded “Norwegian,” is a public low-cost airline noted on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The company is the second largest airline in Scandinavia, and has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East. With competitive prices and customer friendly solutions and service, the company has experienced significant growth over the previous years. With close to 16 million passengers in 2011, Norwegian is the 3rd largest low-cost airline in Europe. Norwegian currently operates 67 aircraft on 331 routes to more than 120 destinations
When Norwegian establishes its UK base at Gatwick in spring 2013 the airline will increase flights to Stockholm from three to five daily, and for Oslo it will be from three daily to four daily flights.
Importantly, the airline will operate flights to these destinations in the first morning wave when business travelers prefer to fly out.
Mediterranean routes operated by Norwegian from spring 2013 will include:
Åsa Larsson, Communications Manager Norwegian
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About London Gatwick
Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries for more than 36 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South-East region, generating around 23,000 on-airport jobs and a further 13,000 jobs through related activities. The airport is 28 miles south of London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.
In its December 2013 interim report, the Airports Commission included London Gatwick and Heathrow on its shortlist of potential locations for a new runway in the UK. Expansion at Gatwick will best meet the UK’s aviation needs for the future, can provide the greatest economic boost with the least environmental impact, and a new runway can be operational by 2025. For further information, see: www.gatwickobviously.com
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