Norwegian has grown its low-cost long-haul route network from London Gatwick Airport after launching four-weekly services to Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport (GIG).
The airline will start the new connection on 31 March 2019 and operate a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on the sector.
The new route to Rio de Janeiro follows Norwegian’s existing service to South America with direct flights from London to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Gatwick-Buenos Aires route will increase from four weekly flights to a daily service from 3 December in response to customer demand.
The move is part of an expansion in South America, as in October, the carrier launched domestic flights in Argentina with two routes from Buenos Aires to Mendoza and Cordoba ahead of planned new routes to Salta, Iguazú, Bariloche and Neuquén.
Chief executive officer (CEO), Bjorn Kjos said: “We’re building on our expansive global network by launching the UK’s most affordable flights to Brazil and making South America available to even more consumers.
“Our new Rio de Janeiro route breaks the monopoly on direct flights between the UK and Brazil as we’re committed to lowering fares and making travel more affordable for all holidaymakers and business travellers.
“Brazil is a fantastic addition to our global network and we look forward to welcoming customers on board.”
Gatwick Airport CEO, Stewart Wingate said Gatwick is delighted to welcome another “ground-breaking” direct route into South America from Norwegian.
He added: “This pioneering service to Rio de Janeiro builds on the exceptional choice of destinations and fares already on offer for Gatwick passengers, which has grown to more than 60 direct long haul routes.
“The UK’s connectivity into South America is extremely important for the future and a new direct, affordable route to Brazil will provide exciting opportunities for both business and leisure travellers.”
From Gatwick, the airline’s long-haul network also serves Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale/Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland/San Francisco, Orlando, Seattle and Tampa.