Denver International Airport (IATA: DEN) and Norwegian announced that the airline will begin offering nonstop service from Denver to London/Gatwick beginning September 16, 2017. This is the first time since 2012 that DEN has announced a new foreign-flag carrier.
The new service will operate twice a week, on Saturdays and Tuesdays, through until October 28. Starting on November 2, the service will increase to three times a week, with an additional flight on Thursdays. The flight is scheduled to arrive at DEN at 12:40pm and depart DEN at 2:40pm. Norwegian will use Boeing 787-9 airliners with 344 seats, making it only the second carrier to fly the Dreamliner to Denver.
Currently, nearly 400 people a day travel between Denver and London, ranking London as Denver’s largest long-haul market, and second-largest international market – only Cancun, Mexico, generates more demand.
“Denver International Airport is delighted to welcome Norwegian to our growing family of airline partners,” said airport CEO Kim Day on April 5. “Not only will these flights provide more options for travellers, but they will stimulate the market and increase travel between Denver and London as well as other points in Norwegian’s larger European network.”
The airport says that from an economic standpoint, the United Kingdom ranks as the Colorado’s largest foreign investor, and the commercial relationship between Colorado and the UK generated over $400 million in trade in 2016. The airport estimates that Norwegian’s new nonstop flight to London/Gatwick will bring more economic benefits by generating an estimated 655 new jobs and more than $75 million in annual economic impact to the State of Colorado. Nearly 80% of this impact is due to new visitors to Colorado.
With the addition of Norwegian, DEN is now served by 23 airlines including seven foreign-flag carriers that provide services to 21 international destinations in eight countries, and more than 180 total nonstop destinations.