More than 125,000 seats will be available on the carrier’s first routes from London’s Gatwick Airport, which are targeted at both business and leisure travelers looking to save money.
“We are very pleased to see that more passengers chose to fly Norwegian. The growth is primarily driven by our international traffic, which is becoming increasingly important in the company’s global expansion,” said CEO of Norwegian, Bjorn Kjos.
“London is an integral part of our ever-growing global route network. The city is perfect for both business and leisure travelers, and we are excited to offer more West Coast routes for Americans who are looking for inexpensive access to London, with connections to several destinations across Europe,” said Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s chief commercial officer, in a statement.
The new flights are a deal, indeed. One-way airfares from Denver and Seattle start at $199 with Premium Cabin prices at just $839 — a fare that, a couple years ago, would have been the price for an economy seat.
Earning and spending points from the airline’s loyalty program, Norwegian Reward, will be easier than ever, as both transatlantic flights will help travelers rack up CashPoints, the currency of Norwegian Reward.
Service from Denver to London is scheduled to begin on Sept. 16 with twice weekly flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays. During the holiday travel season, flights will increase to three times per week, beginning on Nov. 2.
Seattle will have four flights per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Passengers flying the new routes will be transported in the 344-seat Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Each plane will feature two cabins, with modern economy featuring seatback in-flight entertainment and the Premium cabin offering more legroom, complimentary meal service and a more expansive baggage allowance.
Norwegian’s decision to come to Seattle was praised by Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Operations Director Michael Ehl.
“Norwegian’s choice to serve Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is a testament to our region’s economic growth,” said Ehl. “Sea-Tac’s total passenger volume has grown 40 percent in just five years, and Norwegian’s Boeing 787-9 service will provide more options to travelers, as well as promote tourism and trade in the region.”
It seems that we have officially entered a new era of affordable flying. Even with threats to Open Skies, more and more options are opening up for travelers — especially when it comes to European travel and travelers are responding as demonstrated by full flights and increased growth for carriers such as Norwegian.
These new flights are certainly good news for travelers looking for affordable ways to travel to Europe and begs the question: Where to next?
“As we expand our high-quality services to the USA, we will continue offering passengers greater choice, convenient schedules and affordable fares when flying Norwegian,” Ramdahl continued. “Our global expansion is also creating jobs in the air and on the ground in Europe and the US.”
TravelPulse Senior Writer Donald Wood Contributed to this Report.
-originally in Travel Pulse News by JANEEN CHRISTOFF APRIL 07, 2017