Published on Friday, April 21, 2017

Norwegian to launch low-cost Asia flights

Norwegian will launch budget flights between the UK and Asia this winter with the start of a Gatwick to Singapore service.

From September 28, it will offer four weekly flights, increasing to five in the winter. Flights are now on sale from £179 one way.

The Singapore route will be the first long-haul service to be operated by Norwegian's UK-based subsidiary, 'Norwegian UK' (NUK), which was set up in 2015 to give the airline access to bilateral traffic rights to new markets in Asia, Africa and South America.

NUK is headquartered at Gatwick, and will use British-registered Dreamliner aircraft and Gatwick-based crew to operate the new services.

The new Singapore route will be operated on Norwegian's new 787 Dreamliner aircraft offering up to 344 seats in both economy and Premium cabins.

Premium cabin fares are available from £699 one way.

Norwegian already offers flights from Gatwick to nine US destinations, including newly announced routes to Seattle and Denver.

Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said: "Our transatlantic flights have shown the huge demand for affordable long-haul travel, so we are delighted to expand into new markets and offer our first route to Asia from the UK.

"Travel should be affordable for all so adding Singapore to our growing UK network will give passengers even more choice for affordable, quality travel to a range of global destinations.

"The UK is at the heart of Norwegian's ambitious plans for growth so it is a significant moment not only to launch this exciting new route, but also for it to be the first long-haul route to take to the skies with our new 'Norwegian UK' subsidiary."

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