Norwegian adds Argentina to UK LCLH network

Norwegian London Gatwick to Buenos Aires Ezeiza 

Norwegian held a Valentine’s Day celebration at London Gatwick as it launched a new route to the ‘Paris of South America’ – Buenos Aires. Passengers on the inaugural flight were surprised with a tango performance as well as learning a few steps for themselves, meaning they could tango their way to Buenos Aires.

Celebrations continued in Argentina, on hand to receive the inaugural Norwegian flight from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires Ezeiza on 14 February were: Martin Eurnekian, President of AA2000 (left); Gustavo Santos, Argentina’s Minister of Tourism (second left); Guillo Dietrich Minister of Transport (second right); and Mark Kent, UK Ambassador to Argentina (right). The four times weekly service is the first low-cost long-haul link from the UK to South America.

  • Norwegian has grown its long-haul network from London Gatwick (LGW) with its first route to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE). The new year-round service, which commenced on 14 February, will be operated four times weekly by the LCC’s 787-9 fleet. There is no direct competition on the 11,117-kilometre sector to the Argentinian capital city. Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said: “Today we have marked the start of our new expansion into South America by bringing a taste of Argentina to London Gatwick. I am delighted to bring our high quality long-haul flights to another continent as we launch the only direct flight from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires, giving leisure and business passengers affordable access to South America. Our first flight to Buenos Aires from the UK marks another milestone for Norwegian. As our first South American route takes off, it is also a first step towards ambitious plans for international and domestic growth in Argentina, ahead of flights to Chicago and Austin from London Gatwick next month.” Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate added: “The launch of Norwegian’s first ever South American route is another exciting landmark in Gatwick’s ongoing mission to connect the UK to more and more long-haul destinations. The airport now offers 63 long-haul connections – with many, including Buenos Aires, operated by low-cost carriers – making Gatwick the busiest departure airport for low-cost long-haul services in the world. We’re going to continue breaking new ground this year and remain focused on strengthening Gatwick’s global reach at a time when worldwide connections are crucial for the UK.” Buenos Aires will be Norwegian’s 11th sector launched from Gatwick in the past four years and by the end of March, the LCC will become the second largest long-haul airline at the airport, with 13 direct long-haul routes following the launch of Buenos Aires, Chicago and Austin in March, and Singapore in September. See how this route’s FTWA compares to other from around the world.

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