Perfect 10 for Norwegian as LCC continues W18/19 route launches

Norwegian, London Gatwick

Norwegian’s first flight from London Gatwick to Tampa took off on 31 October. The launch was celebrated with the ceremonial cutting of a colourful route launch cake. Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, London Gatwick Airport and Sebastien Pelissier, Head of Strategic Capacity and Slot Capacity at Norwegian, were joined by airline crew members to mark the occasion. Image credit: Iwona Mieszczynska.

Tampa welcomed the arrival of Norwegian’s first flight from London Gatwick on 31 October. Danny Cooper, Acting Director of Marketing, Tampa Airport; Juan Bon, Area Manager USA, Norwegian; Ben Kaufman, Marketing Manager, Norwegian; and Guy Brown, Air Service Development Manager, Tampa Airport, were part of the welcoming committee, as was the impressive multi-tiered, London-themed, route launch cake. The celebrations also involved a ceremonial ribbon cutting, while the Tampa marketing team got into the Halloween ‘spirit’ in their UK-inspired fancy dress costumes.

Norwegian Helsinki Tel Aviv

Norwegian commenced a new weekly (Saturdays) service between Helsinki and Tel Aviv on 3 November. Pictured celebrating the route launch with the inaugural crew is Mikko Komi, Key Account and Business Development Manager, Finavia. The airport pair is already flown by oneworld member Finnair which offers a twice-weekly rotation.

  • Norwegian added a further 10 routes to its winter schedule in the past week. These included more transatlantic sectors, from London Gatwick (LGW) to Tampa (TPA) and from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Madrid (MAD), plus another Caribbean connection to Montreal (YUL). Frequencies on the new airport pairs vary from one to four flights per week. The shortest sector is the 1,439-kilometre link from Fort-de-France (FDF) to Cayenne (CAY), while the longest is the 9,032-kilometre connection from Copenhagen (CPH) to Krabi (KBV). The average sector length across the new airport pairs is 4,963 kilometres. Norwegian will face direct competition on four of its latest routes.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
30-Oct Fort Lauderdale (FLL) Madrid (MAD) B789 (2)  
31-Oct Fort-de-France (FDF) Cayenne (CAY) B738 (4) Air France (8)
London Gatwick (LGW) Tampa (TPA) B789 (2) British Airways (2)
Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) Tel Aviv (TLV) B73S (2)  
Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) Krabi (KBV) B788 (2)  
01-Nov Copenhagen (CPH)  
Fort-de-France (FDF) Montreal (YUL) B738 (3) Air Canada (2)
Pointe-a-Pitre (PTP) Cayenne (CAY) B738 (4)  
03-Nov Helsinki (HEL) Agadir (AGA) B7M8 (1)  
Tel Aviv (TLV) B738 (1) Finnair (2)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 6 November 2018. WF = Weekly frequencies.


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