Norwegian Air set up London long haul base Gatwick

Norwegian Air set up London long haul base

Low cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle plans to establish a London long haul base in capital city at London Gatwick Airport.

The airline also plans to move many of their pilots from Bangkok to the UK.

Norwegian opened a short haul base at Gatwick last year but never short sighted, the budget airline recently launched long haul flights – the first in the industry. Launching flights to the US from the UK at a staggering £150 one way has been described as a “revolutionary” move. This takes Norwegian’s total number of routes from the airport to 41 and the number of weekly flights to 400.

Recruitment will begin early 2015 for when the airline takes delivery of its eighth Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Long haul pilots based in Bangkok will be offered a base in Gatwick.

“Launching long-haul routes between London Gatwick and the United States is … an important part of Norwegian’s strategy to expand internationally and get a stronger foothold in global markets,” the airline said in a statement.

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