Norwegian Airlines Cheap Flights to London
Norwegian Airlines new service from Seattle to London will begin on Sept. 17, with four flights a week on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays. Special launch fares start as low as $199 one-way.
Both airlines are serving Seattle with a Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 aircraft. Norwegian’s Dreamliner will carry 35 first class and 309 economy passengers.
Beginning in mid-September, Norwegian will offer nonstop flights from Denver International and Seattle-Tacoma International airports to London’s Gatwick Airport, bringing the carrier’s total number of nonstop United States-to-London flights to nine routes.
With the addition of Denver and Seattle, the carrier surpasses all other U.S. airlines for the number of direct flights to London, offering nonstop service to Gatwick from nine U.S. cities, including Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., New York (JFK), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Calif., and Orlando, Fla.
Tickets go on sale starting tomorrow. With more than 800 U.K.-based pilots and cabin crew stationed at Gatwick Airport, Norwegian says it’s the third largest airline there. It has been focusing much of its recent growth on London.
Norwegian Airlines has run into some controversy in recent years. The Air Line Pilots Association fought to block the U.S. Department of Transportation from granting it a foreign-air-carrier permit, arguing that its Irish subsidiary, Norwegian Air International, was using the Irish license as a “flag of convenience” and would hire low-priced employees from other parts of the world that would give them an unfair economic advantage.
Norwegian’s U.S. spokesman Anders Lindström says a limited number of seats will be available at $199 one way, with the second-lowest fare set at $219 one way, without checked baggage or meals.
British Airways also flies nonstop to Heathrow from Seattle.
British Airways has also taken heat for taking away a second meal and snack boxes on its westbound flights from London to the U.S. east coast in economy class and replacing them with a bag of pretzels. Even the U.S. airlines have been adding back catering after years of cuts, small investments they believe they can afford with record profits. Cruz says BA will go toe-to-toe with the LCCs in a battle for budget travelers.