Norwegian has today announced that it will resume select short-haul operations from London Gatwick Airport on July 1st. The airline has only been operating a skeleton service of flights since the pandemic induced aviation crisis caused it to largely suspend operations.
Following the worst crisis to ever affect the global aviation industry, the signs of recovery appear across the board. Airlines around Europe, and indeed the world, are slowly ramping up flights as government travel bans relax, and demand for travel continues to rise slowly. Yesterday we saw that Norwegian had announced its first non-Norwegian route to resume. Now the low-cost airline has revealed plans for its return to the United Kingdom.
London Gatwick return
During the height of aviation’s worst crisis, London Gatwick was barely operational. It’s biggest operators, British Airways, easyJet, Norwegian, and Virgin Atlantic, all suspended services. The airport was left with just a handful of daily flights from only one terminal.
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While Virgin Atlantic has revealed that it won’t return to London Gatwick, easyJet made its return on Monday. The jury is still out on whether British Airways will return, as it earlier mentioned the possibility of closing its Gatwick base. However, now we know that from July 1st, Norwegian’s red and white livery will begin gracing Gatwick’s runways once more.
Daily Oslo flights
Norwegian has so far only announced four short-haul routes from the United Kingdom. Two will go from London Gatwick, with the other two departing from Edinburgh. Let’s take a look at what to expect:
- London to Oslo – Daily
- London to Copenhagen – Six flights per week
- Edinburgh to Oslo – Two flights per week
- Edinburgh to Copenhagen – Two flights per week
Commenting on the resumption of services Jacob Schram, Norwegian’s CEO said,
“Feedback from our customers has shown that they are keen to get back in the air and resume their travels with Norwegian beyond the current domestic services that we have been operating. Norwegian is returning to European skies with the reintroduction of more aircraft to serve our key destinations which will ensure that we remain in line with competing carriers.”
What will be different?
Of course, given the current situation, expect some things to be slightly different when traveling with the airline. This should be expected with any airline given the current situation.
In particular, like many other airlines, Norwegian will require any passenger aged six or over to wear a face mask. The airline will try to enable social distancing in a similar way to Lufthansa. That is to say, the middle seats will only be allocated if more than 66% of seats are allocated on an aircraft. To minimize contact between passengers and crew, there will be no catering provided onboard flights.
Are you keen to fly with Norwegian from the United Kingdom again? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!