Whilst Norwegian Air Shuttle has been attracting suitors (with Lufthansa Group now sniffing around), the airline is planning to continue its expansion of its network from London Gatwick Airport.
Their next destination is Tampa.
The new Tampa route will operate two times a week, on a Wednesday and Saturday. The timetable Norwegian have released is as follows
DI7165 DEPART LGW 14:55 ARRIVE TPA 19:35 DI7166 DEPART TPA 21:00 ARRIVE LGW 09:55+1 Commences 31st October 2018 Operates Wednesdays and Saturdays only Booked Equipment: Boeing 787-9
Lead-in pricing starts at £175 in Economy classes each way.
Other changes for the winter season include
- London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale (Miami) – Goes daily for the winter season. Lead-in fares are available from £175 in economy and £515 in Premium one way.
- London Gatwick to Orlando – Increased from three flights a week to four. Lead in Fares are available from £175 in economy and £515 in Premium one way.
- London Gatwick to Buenos Aires – Goes from four flights a week to daily. Current prices start at £315 in economy and £640 in Premium one way.
- London Gatwick to Las Vegas – Goes to three weekly flights for the Winter season. Lead-in prices £195 in economy and £515 in Premium one way.
- London Gatwick to Boston – Goes from five flights a week to a daily service. Fares start from £155 in economy and £415 in Premium one way.
- London Gatwick to Chicago O’Hare Goes from a daily service to four flights a week
- London Gatwick to Oakland (for San Francisco) goes from four times a week to three times a week
- London Gatwick to Austin/Seattle go seasonal and won’t be around for the Winter season.
- London Gatwick to New York JFK goes three times a day
Lead-in prices are one-way, and include taxes and charges, and exclude extras such as seating assignments, meals, luggage, etc.
On the network changes, Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian said:
“Norwegian continues to offer customers increased choice,flexibility and value throughout winter 2018 and we are pleased to welcome Tampa, Florida, as a new destination to our network. Our modern fleet of aircraft allow customers, whether travelling for work or leisure, to enjoy their trip from the moment they step on board thanks to our award-winning state of the art entertainment system, comfortable and spacious cabin and friendly cabin crew.”
There’s a lot of like in this schedule change, with a three services going daily, and the apparent success of the Buenos Aires service. Other services are taking the hit, with Austin and Oakland getting cuts too.
The challenge as usual for Norwegian will be keeping its fleet in the sky and flying… and not hiring in any other airlines to do its heavy lift for it.
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