Norwegian Air Shuttle has announced it will establish new operations bases at London’s Gatwick and Alicante Airports in the spring of 2013. The airline will offer flights to several Mediterranean destinations and the Nordic region from London and says that Gatwick base will enable it to better meet the head-on competition from Asian and European carriers in the long-haul market.
Norwegian expects to start its Gatwick base with three Boeing 737-800s and increase to four aircraft by the end of the year. The first flights will commence in spring 2013 and pilots and cabin crew will be recruited locally.
“By establishing a new base in London, Norwegian will be positioned to meet the future competition on short-haul routes within Europe as well as long-haul routes globally. Growth and volumes are necessary to stay competitive in the airline industry,” said CEO Bjørn Kjos of Norwegian.
Norwegian currently has bases of operations in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Spain. A new base for the company’s subsidiary for long-haul flights is being established in Bangkok.