- Norwegian now offers more nonstop routes to Europe from California than any other European airline -
- London focus also includes increased Los Angeles frequencies and Boston launch advanced to March -
NEW YORK (DECEMBER 14, 2015) – Norwegian, the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline and Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline, will significantly increase flights from the United States to one of its biggest European hubs: London Gatwick.
The airline announced today that it will connect San Francisco Bay Area and London with thrice-weekly service commencing on May 12, 2016. The flights will operate from Oakland International Airport, which is the San Francisco Bay Area airport closest to most of the local population, tourism and business venues. Norwegian currently flies from Oakland to both Oslo, Norway, and Stockholm, Sweden. Fares for the new service are now available from as low as $299 one way, including taxes, on Norwegian.com/us.
In May 2016, Norwegian will also increase flights from Los Angeles International Airport to London Gatwick by adding a fourth weekly flight on May 10. The carrier now offers more European nonstop routes from California than any other airline, with seven routes from its two Californian gateways, and with connections to all of Europe via Copenhagen, London, Oslo and Stockholm.
Due to high demand, the airline has moved forward two of its launch dates out of Boston Logan International Airport: London Gatwick will launch on March 27, 2016, two months earlier than planned; and Oslo will launch on April 2, 2016. To meet the high demand, Norwegian has added one weekly frequency to London, bringing it to five weekly flights, until May 11. Flights to Copenhagen will launch on May 17, as originally scheduled.
“The U.S. is one of our key markets and we see great demand from American customers for more affordable fares to Europe, especially in California. Boston is another destination that is doing really well for us, which is why we have moved forward those launch dates, and we can’t wait for our Dreamliner to arrive at Logan International,” said Bjørn Kjos, Norwegian’s CEO.
“London is the largest European air service market from the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Kristi McKenney, Port of Oakland Acting Director of Aviation, “At last, San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors alike will be able to fly nonstop to this top European capitol using close-in and convenient Oakland International while paying low fares and experiencing award-winning service aboard Norwegian’s Dreamliners. We’re pleased that London Gatwick will be our 50th nonstop destination, a record high in our history.”
“On behalf of the Board of Port Commissioners, we applaud Norwegian on the announcement of their new service to London and further expansion at Oakland International Airport,” said Earl Hamlin, President of the Board of Port Commissioners. “It is also key that these new flights represent the only nonstop service from London’s popular Gatwick Airport to Northern California,” added Hamlin.
Norwegian currently offers 35 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London, Scandinavia and the Caribbean, providing more European routes than any other European airline. Norwegian has added 10 new routes from the U.S. to Europe this year alone, including from Las Vegas and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Norwegian operates one of the world’s most modern and eco-friendly fleets. Last month, the International Council on Clean Transportation released a study and named Norwegian the Most Fuel-Efficient Airline on Transatlantic Routes. Two weeks ago the airline was also named Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline by AirlineRatings.com for the second year in a row.
Anders Lindström, Director of Communications USA, Norwegian
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Oslo, Norway, award-winning Norwegian Air Shuttle is the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe and the world’s seventh largest. Norwegian offers more nonstop European destinations from the United States than any other European airline with seamless connections across the continent. Norwegian offers 35 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London and Scandinavia, as well as six routes from the U.S. to the Caribbean. Onboard features include more legroom than most competitors and free in-flight Wi-Fi on short-haul routes. The airline carried 24 million passengers in 2014 on the world’s most modern and eco-friendly fleet to its network that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the U.S. and Southeast Asia – a total of 439 routes to 132 destinations. Over 5,500 people in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. work for Norwegian. Follow @Fly_Norwegian on Twitter, join the discussion on Facebook and keep up with our adventures on Instagram. For more information on Norwegian and its network, visit norwegian.com.