Norwegian Outlines Summer 2020 Transatlantic Capacity Boost

Norwegian Air Shuttle is set to increase its capacity on key transatlantic routes next summer. The carrier announced that there will be extra services on four routes between the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Norwegian will soon be increasing the frequency of important routes between the UK and US. Photo: Norwegian

Increased frequency

The changes will be implemented from March 29, 2020 and will run throughout the airline’s summer schedule. Flights from London Gatwick to San Francisco will now run daily. This will be good news for those wishing to visit Northern California, as the current service only runs five times a week.

Along with this, Norwegian will be increasing its services between Gatwick and Denver. Passengers now have the option of four flights per week, up from three. Flights to Austin will also be increased from three times a week to four. Additionally, the carrier’s Tampa route will be operated three times a week, rather than two.

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Denver is becoming an increasingly popular route from Europe. Photo: Norwegian

Strategic routes

Norwegian’s commercial senior vice president, Matthew Wood is excited about the prospect to offer a total of 75,000 extra seats on these summer services.

“In line with our business strategy of moving from growth to profitability we are ensuring that we concentrate on key routes across our network where we see strong demand,” Wood said.

“These frequency adjustments ensure that our customers can have more choice when choosing their flights to the US at fares that remain affordable to all.”

Despite, scrapping its London to Las Vegas route, the Scandinavian carrier is currently the leading operator between Gatwick and the US. The company’s low fares have caused a flock of travelers to opt out services offered by full-service airlines. Subsequently, these advancements will ensure that Norwegian continues to make more ground on its operations.

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Norwegian have an increasingly strong presence at Gatwick Airport. Photo: Norwegian

Market demand

Norwegian isn’t the only carrier that has expanded on its operations across the Atlantic. United Airlines have made recent upgrades to its Boeing 767-300ERs as an initiative to focus on emerging markets on both sides of the ocean.

Along with reconfigured cabins with a focus on business seating, there have also been increases in United’s flight frequencies. Rather than offering a seasonal service to Denver form London, the US based carrier will operate the route all year round from November 1.

Tickets for flights on Norwegian’s new schedule are already on sale. The cheapest fares are to New York JFK, with flights starting from £155 one way. Simple Flying reached out to the carrier for comment on the news but did not hear back prior to publication. We will update you with any further announcements.

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