The Skytrax World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline, Norwegian is celebrating its third year of long-haul flights from London Gatwick, at the same time that it takes its spot as the second-largest long-haul airline at the airport, with 13 direct such routes.
So, starting in 2018, travelers from the United Kingdom and United States will have a new option for international travel, as flights take off for O’Hare and Austin. Fares for both routes are on sale now. The London to Chicago route will offer four flights per week, starting at just over $230 one-way. The London to Austin route will offer three flights per week, and are a little more expensive, at just over $300 one-way.
Norwegian is just one of the low-cost European carriers showing high profitability catering to travelers in the United States. Gatwick’s CEO, Stewart Wingate, noted “These new flights are yet more proof that the low-cost long-haul revolution is here to stay, as Norwegian and Gatwick’s long-haul networks reach into all four corners of the globe.”
For Gatwick, there are now 62 long-haul routes at the airport, giving it more than any other single-runway airport in the entire world, and ranking its network fifth out of all the airports in Europe.
Norwegian also announced new routes between Paris and Boston and Paris and Oakland, and also increased service on their Paris routes to New York and Los Angeles.
As far as low-cost, European airlines go, Norwegian has been rising above some of its ultra-low cost competitors. It operates many new 787-8 Dreamliners on long-haul flights (including on these new routes), and in-flight entertainment is free. Food isn’t included and seat pitch is relatively meager though. They do offer a more premium ride if you are willing to pay. The Premium fare isn’t even that much more expensive, if you’re willing to pay, and comes with complimentary meal services and other little odds and ends that you’re forced to pay for, in the cheap seats.