Pictured at London Gatwick on the day of Norwegian’s launch to Denver are: Kim Day, CEO of Denver Airport; Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver; Dominic Tucker, Head of UK & Ireland Sales, Norwegian; and Jennifer Newman, Airline Relations Manager, London Gatwick Airport. A cake was also made to celebrate the new service.
Seattle-Tacoma became a new addition to the Norwegian network on 17 September, with the carrier launching a four times weekly service from London Gatwick. A small celebration at the gate was held for inaugural passengers.
- Norwegian has expanded its transatlantic offering from London Gatwick (LGW) this week, with it now linking the UK capital to Denver (DEN) and Seattle-Tacoma (SEA). The former, launched on 16 September, will operate twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays), while the latter, which was inaugurated on the following day, will be flown four times weekly. “We are excited to add Denver and Seattle to our growing list of US destinations, offering passengers the only direct route from London Gatwick to these iconic cities,” commented Thomas Ramdahl, CCO Norwegian. While both 7,530- and 7,739-kilometre sectors indeed face no direct competition, it should be noted that British Airways offers service to both cities from London Heathrow, while Virgin Atlantic Airways also links Europe’s busiest airport to Seattle. Further competition on the Denver link will come at the beginning of S18, with United Airlines planning to link the Mile High City to Heathrow. Adding to Ramdahl’s comment, Guy Stephenson, CCO London Gatwick, explained: “Norwegian is responding to strong demand on both sides of the Atlantic and these new routes are likely to be popular with both tourists and business passengers. Both destinations are established gateways to the spectacular American outdoors and are also prominent business centres with established hi-tech and advanced manufacturing industries.” Norwegian will utilise its 344-seat 787-9s on both airport pairs. By launching Denver and Seattle routes, the LCC now flies to nine destinations in the US from Gatwick, with Las Vegas being the only one not to operate year-round. However, its US expansion does not stop there, with the carrier planning to continue the US charge at the beginning of S18, with Austin and Chicago O’Hare joining the carrier’s London network. See how Denver and Seattle-Tacoma airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world.