Norwegian’s London Gatwick to Singapore
Norwegian launched its first flight from the UK to Asia, and the longest route flown by an LCC in the world, from London Gatwick to Singapore on 28 September. A special Singaporean-themed celebration, including a cake baked by anna.aero, was arranged to mark the carrier’s inaugural flight on 28 September. Seen posing on the apron at Gatwick are: Lennart Ceder, CEO Norwegian UK; Tan Yen Nee, Regional Director, Europe at Singapore Tourism Board; and Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport. The carrier will operate the world’s longest LCC route four times weekly.
- Norwegian continued its global expansion on 28 September by launching its first route from London Gatwick (LGW) to Asia, with a new service to Singapore (SIN). The new 12-hour, 45-minute flight is now the world’s longest route operated by a low-cost airline, covering 10,885 kilometres using the carrier’s 787-9 fleet on a four times weekly basis. While this sector faces no direct competition, Singapore Airlines (four times daily) and British Airways (twice-daily) both operate the city pair from London Heathrow. The Singapore route will be operated by the UK subsidiary Norwegian UK (NUK) ahead of starting flights to Buenos Aires from 14 February. Gatwick-headquartered NUK has also been granted a foreign air carrier permit by the US Department of Transportation which will allow it to operate flights between the UK, Europe and the US. For a full report and more pictures from launch events at both ends of the route can be found here.