Music was in the air at London Gatwick as passengers on the inaugural Norwegian flight to Austin experienced the sounds of the city before they took off. The ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ is famed for its live music and to celebrate the first flight from Gatwick, passengers enjoyed a live acoustic performance from local Austin artist Julian Acosta on the ground and in the skies before landing in Texas. Posing with Acosta along with the crew, while raising the flags of the UK and US, were Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, London Gatwick and Julie Chase, VP and Chief Marketing Officer at Visit Austin. Photo credit: Tony Pick Photography.
The celebrations continued in Texas, with a ribbon cutting and of course live music. Conducting the cutting of the ribbon in Austin were: Karen Bell, British Consul General; Norwegian flight crew members; Anders Lindström, Director of Communications, Norwegian; Erin Nemeth, Visit Britain PR & Marketing Manager, US; and Austin City Council Member, Jimmy Flannigan. Tom Noonan, President and CEO of Visit Austin said: “The new service from Gatwick will provide opportunity for additional visitors connecting from throughout the world and from the UK. With year-over-year increases in visitors from the UK and beyond, we anticipate this flight will be very successful. The addition of this route is also a direct reflection of how our city continues to evolve as a premier destination for travellers.”
- Norwegian continued its global expansion on 27 March by launching the UK’s first low-cost route to Texas, with the only non-stop service from London Gatwick (LGW) to Austin (AUS). The new route to the US comes just two days after the airline launched flights to Chicago O’Hare. The year-round, three times weekly, 787-9-operated service faces no direct competition, although it should be noted that British Airways links London Heathrow to Austin. Gatwick CCO, Guy Stephenson said of the Austin route: “This service – Norwegian’s second new long-haul route to launch from Gatwick in the space of a week – connects our passengers to a particularly exciting new destination and famous cultural hub. Austin has so much to offer British tourists, including the incredible live music scene with which it has become synonymous. We’re delighted that our passengers can now take advantage of a direct route to this remarkable city – which is one of more than 60 in Gatwick’s flourishing long-haul network.” The day after, the LCC commenced a twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) between Copenhagen (CPH) and Pristina (PRN). Operated by Norwegian’s 737-800 fleet, the 1,571-kilometre sector will face direct competition from Germania which offers a weekly service.