Norwegian opens long-haul base in London

Airline operated first flights between Gatwick and US in July

Norwegian has revealed that it intends to establish a new long-haul base at London Gatwick. Pilots and cabin crew will be based at the airport. The airline is currently the only carrier offering low-cost flights between the UK and the US, which fly from Gatwick.

Norwegian opened a crew base at Gatwick in 2013, where the company now has 90 pilots and 200 cabin crew members based for its short-haul operations. It aims to carry more than three million passengers to and from the airport during 2014 and currently has 400 weekly flights and 41 routes operating from there.

Recruitment for Gatwick-based cabin crew will take place early next year. Norwegian is also recruiting pilots to its JFK base, where the company already has a cabin crew base.

The airline operated its first flights between Gatwick and three US cities last month – Los Angeles, New York and Fort Lauderdale. It currently has a long-haul fleet of seven 787 Dreamliners and ten more on order.


[photo courtesy Norwegian]