Norwegian and Gatwick Sign Commercial Partnership

Norwegian 787On November 28 Norwegian and Gatwick announced a long term commercial partnership that will enable the airline to expand its services at the airport.
Norwegian started UK operations at Gatwick in 2009, moving‎ from Stansted Airport.  This year the airline estimates nearly two million of its passengers will use the airport flying to 25 destinations across Europe.  Next year this will increase to 33 destinations across Europe and North America.  The airline has also based four aircraft at Gatwick, with a further two aircraft planned for summer 2014.
Part of Norwegian’s plans for 2014 include the introduction of what it describes as “game changing” trans-Atlantic routes to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale direct from Gatwick.  The airline will use Boeing 787 Dreamliners on these routes, allowing it to offer: “highly competitive fares.” When the new aircraft and routes are in place next year, Norwegian is expected to be one of Gatwick’s top four airlines.  
The commercial agreement comes just weeks after the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) proposed to endorse Gatwick’s approach to creating bespoke commercial arrangements between its airlines and the airport.  
Gatwick says its commitments framework significantly reduces the heavy regulatory burden on the airlines and airport whilst protecting passenger interests.  Specifically, it allows the airport to offer: “win-win reductions” in competitive charges and tailored service offerings in return for a growth commitment from its airlines.
Bjørn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian, said: “Norwegian is delighted to have agreed a long-term commercial partnership with London Gatwick.  As one of the fastest growing airlines at the airport, Norwegian will continue offering our passengers at Gatwick an increasing route network and a high quality product at reasonable fares.  We are particularly excited about the potential to serve long haul routes, and we have already announced the first three routes from London Gatwick to the US.  Norwegian is very supportive of Gatwick’s runway expansion plan which would mean that the airport could offer even better operating facilities in the future.”
Stewart Wingate, CEO of London Gatwick, said: “This partnership with Norwegian is a landmark in London Gatwick’s history.  Four years after the end of the BAA monopoly at Gatwick, this deal marks the start of a new era for passengers bringing more competition to the aviation market.  It will mean that passengers travelling with Norwegian will experience even more choice, lower fares and higher customer standards.  So this is great news for passengers and UK businesses travelling to Europe and North America.
“This partnership deal also shows the shared vision and commitment both Norwegian and Gatwick have for London and the South East which is the largest, most exciting and vibrant travel market in the world.  That commitment extends to Norwegian’s support for Gatwick’s need to build an additional runway by the mid-2020s.”