Norwegian commences new route from Dublin to Hamilton, Canada

Norwegian has recently announced the launch of a first-ever route between Dublin and Hamilton, Canada.

The new route is Norwegian’s first-ever transatlantic service to Canada and the only direct flight between Ireland and Hamilton in Ontario. This summer, Hamilton will join Norwegian’s existing services to New York and Providence.

On March 31, Norwegian commenced a new service from Dublin to Toronto’s Hamilton John C. Munro International Airport offering customers a new link to Canada. Norwegian will operate flights to Hamilton on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Tickets can be booked at www.norwegian.com/ie.

Matthew Wood, SVP Commercial at Norwegian said: ‘We’re delighted to build on our popular services to the USA and offer Irish consumers another destination with our first-ever route from Dublin to Canada.

‘Customers now have an affordable option to explore a brand-new destination this summer whether visiting Hamilton, Toronto or witnessing the beauty of nature at Niagara Falls with the flexibility of a daily schedule.’

Sharon Murphy, Acting Manager at Tourism Hamilton said: ‘We can’t wait to introduce new travellers to Hamilton’s many tourist attractions and events. While the city is an affordable and ideally located alternative entry and departure point for international travellers in the busy south western Ontario travel hub – our fascinating, comeback city is also well worth a few days of exploration. Genuine and always welcoming, we’ve got breathtaking natural beauty including endless trails and waterfalls as well as a bustling and historic downtown core.’

In addition to the new Canadian route, Norwegian operates several transatlantic flights from Dublin, Shannon and Cork to the USA. The flights connect travellers to popular destinations on the US east coast by serving New York’s Stewart International Airport and Providence, Rhode Island nearby Boston.

Norwegian launches London Gatwick-Miami route

The European low fares airline, Norwegian, has launched its first-ever service from London Gatwick to Miami International Airport, on March 31.

With the new service, travellers will have a daily nonstop option between Miami and London Gatwick Airport. The service will be operated using Norwegian’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft that seats 344 passengers in a two-class configuration.

Norwegian CEO and Founder, Bjorn Kjos, said: ‘South Florida is one of our most important markets in the U.S., and by moving our London service to Miami, we will become even more competitive and offer more South Florida residents more affordable flights to London and beyond, while we will also have access to many more opportunities, including cargo. We are very committed to this market, and look forward to increasing our presence at MIA in the future.’

Commenting on the new service, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, said: ‘I applaud Norwegian for adding Miami-Dade County to its global network. The United Kingdom is already our County’s fifth-busiest international travel market, and Norwegian’s new daily flights are sure to generate even more tourism from that region and from across Europe as well.’

‘We are honored by Norwegian’s decision to launch first-ever Miami service, which provides our passengers with yet another nonstop travel option to Europe. We proudly welcome their award-winning service to MIA, where nearly one million passengers already travel to and from the United Kingdom annually,’ added Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director and CEO Lester Sola.

Norwegian airline operates more than 500 routes to over 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean, North and South America.

Norwegian announces biggest ever USA sale from the UK and Ireland

Norwegian has announced the launch of its autumn sale offering holidaymakers from across the UK and Ireland the chance to book flights to the USA for lower fares.

Available for travel from October 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, travellers can now book transatlantic flights from London Gatwick starting from £140 one-way in economy and £415 one-way in Premium. Flights to the east coast of America from Scotland and Ireland are available from £139/€99 one-way at www.norwegian.com. The sale fares are available to book at www.norwegian.com/ie/fall-flight-deals. The autumn sale will end on Monday September 17, 2018.

Norwegian’s 11 nonstop routes to the US from London Gatwick are included in the sale with prices starting from New York JFK from £155 one-way in economy and £465 one-way in Premium; Boston from £140 one-way in economy and £415 one-way in Premium; Orlando from £165 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium; Fort Lauderdale (Miami) from £160 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium; Denver from £165 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium; Las Vegas from £180 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium; Los Angeles from £175 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium; Oakland (San Francisco) from £165 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium; Chicago from £140 one-way in economy and £430 one-way in Premium; Austin from £170 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium; Tampa from £160 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium.

Passengers from Scotland will also be able to avail a flight to the U.S. east coast with Norwegian this winter. Daily flights from Edinburgh nonstop to New York Stewart International Airport are included in the autumn sale offering access to New York state. Fares are available from £139 one-way from Edinburgh. Passengers in Ireland looking to explore New York state and New England can also enjoy discounted fares on Norwegian’s transatlantic flights from Shannon and Dublin this winter, with fares from starting €99 one way.

Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian said: ‘We are giving consumers in the UK and Ireland the chance to fly to the States for less with fares from £140 one-way from the UK and €99 from Ireland in our autumn sale.

For the first time, we are also offering passengers flying from Gatwick the chance to upgrade their trip for less as our Premium cabin is also included in the sale. With further savings on long-haul routes from the UK and Ireland, Norwegian is continuing to make US travel even more affordable for thousands of British and Irish passengers.’

Norwegian announces new route to Buenos Aires

Norwegian, a low-cost long-haul airline, is planning to launch a new direct service from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires.

The airline will operate a year-round service of four weekly flights from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport, with fares starting from £259.90 one-way to Buenos Aires.

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 said: ‘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. In fact, two new Norwegian routes to Austin and Chicago will follow the Buenos Aires service into Gatwick’s schedules next month alone.’

Norwegian’s long-haul flights from London Gatwick will be operated by a fleet of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The new 56 seat cabin configuration will offer passengers more than a metre of legroom, complimentary meals, baggage allowance and airport lounge access, with Premium fares available from £699.90 one way.

Buenos Aires will be Norwegian’s 11th route from London Gatwick in the past four years and by the end of March, Norwegian will operate 13 direct long-haul routes following the launch of Singapore in September, Buenos Aires in February and Chicago and Austin in March 2018, the airline said.

Which? publishes annual cruise line report

UK-based consumer group, Which?, has published its annual cruise line report.

The report, which is based on cruise passengers’ experiences on board, assessed 13 different cruise companies and rated them out of five stars across eight different categories. These included customer service, cabin space, on-board facilities, entertainment and value for money. Oceania achieved five stars in several categories and came out as the overall leader in customer satisfaction with a score of 89 percent. At the other end of the scale, Norwegian came bottom with an overall satisfaction score of 60 percent.

The figures revealed a trend towards customers favouring smaller ships with fewer passengers. Cabin space also proved a major issue with consumers and Oceania scored well in both of these categories, including five out of five stars for passenger to space ratio. Although the company’s food quality and on-board facilities also scored highly, it only managed three stars for its entertainment.

Saga, a cruise line exclusively for the over 50’s, came second on the list. 85 percent of its passengers were Very Satisfied with their cruise experience. P&O was named best of the large cruise line companies. It scored well for on-board facilities, cabin quality and passenger to space ratio, and at an average per night cost of £152, it figured well against Saga’s £252 per night and Oceania’s £294 per night. Its main complaint was the hard sell of add-ons and excursions.

Norwegian’s less impressive rating came despite a competitive £175 average cost per night. Not surprisingly for a company that has three ships that are capable of accommodating 4,000 passengers, it fared badly on the passenger to space ratio, with frequent queues for restaurants, bars and entertainment. However, Which? stated that Norwegian’s overall 60 percent score was by no means a disaster.

Norwegian announces new route to Singapore from London Gatwick

Norwegian, a low-cost long-haul airline, has launched its first route from London Gatwick to Singapore on September 28, with fares starting from £149.90 one way.

According to the airline, the new 12-hour 45 minute flight from London Gatwick to Singapore Changi Airport is now the world’s longest route operated by a low-cost airline, covering 6,764 miles (10,885km) using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Consumers can fly direct to Singapore from Gatwick four times a week, with tickets available for booking at www.norwegian.com/uk.

Commenting on the launch, Bjorn Kjos, CEO at Norwegian, said: ‘Today we brought a taste of Singapore to Gatwick to mark the expansion of our high quality long-haul flights from the UK to Asia for the first time. I’m delighted to build upon our popular USA flights and give leisure and business customers more affordable access to Singapore and the Asia-Pacific like never before.

‘The 787 Dreamliner has the range to allow us to expand our long-haul services to other parts of the world while keeping fares affordable for all. This is just the start of Norwegian’s UK expansion into new markets as we will continue connecting destinations where fares have been too high for too long.’

Stewart Wingate, CEO at Gatwick Airport said: ‘Norwegian has raised the bar by introducing the world’s longest low-cost long-haul route between Gatwick and Singapore.

‘Singapore is one of the world’s premier destinations and is a significant addition to Gatwick’s 60-strong long-haul route network. Services in both directions are likely to be very popular, both with tourists and business travellers flying between two of the world’s top financial centres.

‘It’s such an exciting time for Gatwick as airlines like Norwegian continue the low-cost long-haul revolution and I’m already looking forward to hearing about the next new destination.’

Norwegian’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners provides passengers with personal 11-inch seat back screens. All seats are equipped with USB ports for charging personal electronic devices. Premium passengers also benefit from cradle seating offering more than a metre of legroom and free lounge access at Gatwick Airport from £699.90 one way, the airline said.

Norwegian introduces new nonstop service between Denver and London Gatwick

Norwegian has launched nonstop flights between Denver International Airport (DEN) and London Gatwick, offering a low-cost option for passengers travelling between Denver and London.

Norwegian’s new service to London Gatwick will operate twice a week, on Saturdays and Tuesdays, until October 28. The service will then increase to three times a week, with an additional flight on Thursdays starting on November 2. The flight will arrive in Denver at 12:40 pm and depart Denver at 2:40 p.m. It will operate using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with 344 seats, making it the second carrier at Denver International Airport to operate this aircraft.

London is Denver International’s largest long-haul market and second-largest international market after Cancun, Mexico. Currently, nearly 400 people travel between Denver and London in a day, and the market demand has grown by 33 percent since 2013, DEN said in a release.

‘It is an exciting day for DEN as we celebrate not only a new flight, but a new airline partner who is helping us expand our global reach,’ said airport CEO Kim Day. ‘Norwegian’s unique transatlantic business model will lower fares for Denver travellers, leading to more opportunities to explore the world.’

Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s chief commercial officer, added: ‘We are very excited to continue our expansion in the U.S. and add Denver to our ever-growing route network. We know Coloradans are asking for more affordable flights to Europe, and at the same time, both Denver and Colorado are highly attractive for European business and leisure travellers alike, bringing thousands of visitors to the state. And this is only the beginning for us here in Denver, as we will increase service this November, and in April next year we will also add a nonstop flight to Paris, not only making flying to Europe more affordable than ever, but with award-winning service onboard one of the world’s youngest aircraft fleets.’

With the addition of Norwegian, Denver International Airport has 25 airlines operating at the airport including 10 foreign-flag carriers that provide service to 26 international destinations in 11 countries, and more than 190 total nonstop destinations, the airport noted.

Norwegian announces new routes to Chicago and Austin from Gatwick

Norwegian Air, a Norwegian low-cost airline, has announced two new US routes from London Gatwick, with flights now on sale to Chicago with fares from £179, and Austin, Texas from £239.

Starting March 25, 2018, Norwegian will commence a year-round, four-weekly service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, with economy fares from £179 one way and Premium fares from £499. And, starting March 27, 2018, Norwegian will operate flights to Austin with a new year-round, three-weekly service to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, with fares available from £239 one way and Premium fares from £579.

Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said: ‘Once again we have put the UK at the heart of our ambitious expansion plans, with affordable fares to another two exciting US destinations. As America’s third biggest city, Chicago is perfect addition to our growing networks while Austin has also become a major hub for leisure and business travel so we are delighted to offer passengers more choice and lower fares to these vibrant cities.

‘Many people said low-cost long-haul would never work but three years, 13 routes and 1.5 million UK passengers later and Norwegian has shown there is huge demand for more affordable long-haul travel.’

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, said: ‘These new flights are yet more proof that the low cost long haul revolution is here to stay as Norwegian and Gatwick’s long haul networks reach into all four corners of the globe. Norwegian now offers 13 long-haul routes from Gatwick to destinations across the US and also to South America and south east Asia.

‘The addition of new flights to Chicago and Austin also means that Gatwick’s long haul network breaks yet another world record as we now offer 62 long haul routes – more than any other single runway airport in the world – and the fifth largest network of any airport in Europe.’

The new routes from London Gatwick to Chicago and Austin will be operated on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft offering passengers seatback inflight entertainment, and a Premium cabin offering more than a metre of legroom, complimentary meal service and airport lounge access. Flights are now on sale at www.norwegian.com.

The airline, which first launched its low-cost long-haul services from Gatwick in July 2017, now serves 13 global long-haul destinations from Gatwick, including nine US cities, Singapore and Buenos Aires. Over 1.5 million UK passengers have now flown low-cost long-haul with Norwegian since July 2014, it said.

Norwegian announces new London -Argentina route starting February next year

Norwegian has announced a new route from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires – the airline’s first ever South American route.

Known as the ‘Paris of South America’, Buenos Aires offers UK travellers a mix of European and Latin American culture. The new route will start in February 2018, with fares from £299. Norwegian already offers long-haul flights from London Gatwick to nine US cities and Singapore. Buenos Aires will become Norwegian’s 11th long-haul route from London Gatwick as it continues to expand its services from the UK into a range of new global markets.

Effective from February 14, 2018, Norwegian will start a year-round service of four weekly flights from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport. Operated using the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the service offers passengers seatback inflight entertainment and fares from £299 one way in economy. Passengers can also opt for Premium cabin which offers more than a metre of legroom, complimentary meal service, and airport lounge access, with Premium fares available from £699 one way. Flights are now on sale at www.norwegian.com.

Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said: ‘With our new Argentina route we are offering UK passengers more choice and lower fares to another exciting global destination. Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan capital city with something to offer all travellers and Norwegian has fares to suit all budgets.

‘From Europe, the USA, Asia and now South America, our long-haul network is going global and the UK will continue to be at the heart of our ambitious plans for expansion. We also see huge potential in the Argentinian market so this is not only a major milestone as our first South American route, it is also a first step towards ambitious plans for international and domestic growth in Argentina.’

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: ‘Norwegian’s new direct route to Buenos Aires shows that the low cost long haul revolution continues to break new ground. The boom in these routes is a major factor in Gatwick recording the second largest increase in direct connectivity of any European airport over the last five years. Gatwick now serves more than 50 long haul direct services and this is only the beginning. This is the future of air travel becoming a reality before our eyes and is being driven by new low cost long haul services that Gatwick and Norwegian have pioneered.’

Norwegian carries more than five million UK passengers each year from five UK airports, to over 50 global destinations. Earlier last week it was announced that Norwegian has been awarded the ‘World’s best low-cost long-haul airline’ for three consecutive years at the SkyTrax World Airline Awards.

Norwegian commences new direct flight to Rhodes from Gatwick; to US east coast from Edinburgh

Low-cost airline Norwegian has announced an expansion to its routes from the UK with a new direct service from London Gatwick to Rhodes.

Norwegian’s inaugural flight to Rhodes departed on June 17 with a weekly service throughout summer, and fares available from £29.90 one-way.

Rhodes will be the fifth Greek island Norwegian serves direct from London Gatwick, including Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, and Santorini.

Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer for Norwegian, said: ‘Rhodes is a fantastic addition to our growing UK route network and with affordable fares, we expect Brits to flock to the Greek island this summer.’

In addition, Norwegian has also recently launched new routes to the USA from Edinburgh Airport, commencing its daily service to Stewart International Airport in New York on June 15. Norwegian’s transatlantic expansion to the US east coast include services from Edinburgh Airport to Providence, Rhode Island starting June 16 and the UK’s only direct service to Hartford, Connecticut commencing June 17. With this, Norwegian operates 14 transatlantic flights per week from Edinburgh, with fares starting from £138 one way.

Norwegian Chief Executive Officer, Bjorn Kjos said: ‘Not only is Norwegian transforming transatlantic travel by connecting smaller cities in huge catchment areas but we’re also unlocking affordable direct high quality travel to a new market of travellers.

‘As such, Edinburgh is important to our future UK growth and it will allow us to create more Scottish jobs at Norwegian which in turn benefits the workforce of Scotland’s tourism industry.’

Norwegian now serves over 50 business and leisure summer destinations worldwide- carrying nearly 5.2 million UK passengers each year – from London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham. Short-haul flights are operated by a fleet of brand new Boeing 737 aircraft offering passengers free inflight Wi-Fi.

Seats are available to book now at www.norwegian.com. Fares are per person, per one-way flight and include all mandatory taxes and charges, the airline said.