Norwegian switches Gatwick routes to Miami and San Francisco from Fort Lauderdale and Oakland

posted on 28th November 2018 by Justin Burns
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Norwegian has changed two low-cost long-haul routes in its 2019 summer network schedule from London Gatwick Airport as will now fly to Miami and San Francisco.

From 31 March, Norwegian will serve Miami International Airport and San Francisco International Airport from Gatwick, replacing its existing flights to Fort Lauderdale and Oakland airports.

The airline will operate daily flights to Miami, up from four-weekly services to Fort Lauderdale last summer and five-weekly services to San Francisco. It said the change in airport destination reflects “customer demand and the increased cargo capabilities these airports offer Norwegian Cargo”.

Norwegian will have 32 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in its fleet by the end of 2018 which are operated on its long-haul routes and yesterday it also launched a new four-weekly route to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – starting 31 March.

The carrier will continue operating its increased services from London Gatwick to New York JFK with three-daily flights and a daily service to Buenos Aires in summer 2019. The airline’s newly launched twice-weekly Tampa route will also feature alongside nonstop flights to Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Orlando and Seattle.

It will operate a total of 13 long-haul routes from Gatwick to the Americas from 31 March 2019.

Norwegian senior vice president for commercial, Matthew Wood, said: “We are delighted to meet the strong demand for our transatlantic flights by announcing that Miami and San Francisco will join Rio de Janeiro as part of our summer 2019 flight schedule.

“By also increasing frequency on popular routes next summer, we will provide customers with more choice, smoother connections and exceptional value at affordable fares across Europe, the USA and South America.”

The airline said small frequency reductions will apply to two routes that will free up Boeing 787 Dreamliner capacity, in light of industry-wide mandatory inspections of a specific Rolls Royce engine type. The Los Angeles route will reduce to a daily service and the Chicago route will reduce to four flights per week.