After Bangkok out of Scandinavian capitals, long-haul low-cost carrier Norwegian will fly from September between London and Singapore.
Long-haul, low-cost carrier Norwegian is to launch a new route from its London Gatwick base to Singapore later this year. This will be the airline first Asian route out of the UK. From September 28, Norwegian will then operate four weekly flights, increasing to five in the winter, from London Gatwick to Singapore Changi Airport using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner configured with 344 seats in both economy and premium economy cabins.
Norwegian indicated in an interview with conference organiser “Routes” to be willing to offer UK passengers an “affordable way” to access the cosmopolitan ‘Lion City’. Until now, he only destination in the Far East to be flown by Norwegian is Bangkok served out of Oslo and Stockholm.
“Our current transatlantic flights out of London have shown the huge demand for affordable long-haul travel, so we are delighted to expand into new markets and offer our first route to Asia from the UK,” said Bjorn Kjos, chief executive officer, Norwegian. “Travel should be affordable for all so adding Singapore to our growing UK network will give passengers even more choice for affordable, quality travel to a range of global destinations.” The airline carried 5.2 million UK passengers last year from four.
“These new direct flights between two of the world’s top three financial centres will be welcome news for business travellers, particularly at a time when global trade is increasingly important for the UK economy. Singapore is also a key tourist destination and gateway hub for long-haul travellers looking to venture further into Southeast Asia and Australia,” said Stewart Wingate, chief executive officer, Gatwick Airport.
The Singapore – London market is served today non-stop by British Airways, Garuda Indonesia and Singapore Airlines into London Heathrow. In 2016, an estimated market of 625,000 passengers flew between London Heathrow and Singapore Changi with Singapore Airlines holding a 51.3 per cent share of the demand followed by British Airways with 24.1 per cent.