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Norwegian opens route to Brazil

“Our new Rio de Janeiro route breaks the monopoly” on direct flights with “low fares” to Brazil, claims the carrier’s chief executive.

From spring 2019, it will be possible to fly on a Norwegian Dreamliner direct between Europe and the Brazilian metropolis of Rio de Janeiro.

The airline will open its first long-awaited direct route from London Gatwick to Rio de Janeiro at the end of March. It had already been revealed that Norwegian would replace its Singapore route by a direct link between Europe and Rio.

The first flight will take place on Sunday March 31, when the new summer traffic schedules come into force.

Flights will be four times a week with a Boeing 787 departing Gatwick at noon, with an arrival in Rio timed for 19:25 local time. The airline says there are good connections from the Nordic capitals.

“We’re building on our expansive global network by launching the UK’s most affordable flights to Brazil and making South America available to even more consumers,” says chief executive Bjørn Kjos.

“Our new Rio de Janeiro route breaks the monopoly on direct flights between the UK and Brazil as we’re committed to lowering fares and making travel more affordable for all holidaymakers and business travellers. Brazil is a fantastic addition to our global network and we look forward to welcoming customers on board.”

A few competitors…
There are, however, a few competitors to worry about. British Airways flies to Rio daily from London Heathrow, with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

There are direct flights to Rio de Janeiro from quite a number of other major European airports too, such as Amsterdam (KLM), Frankfurt (Lufthansa), Madrid (Iberia), Paris-CDG (Air France), Rome (Alitalia) and Zurich (Edelweiss Air).

Brazil will be the second South American country Norwegian has made available from Europe. On February 14 this year, it opened a route between London and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Due to high demand on that route, the number of frequencies will increase from four to seven per week from December 3.

Norwegian has subsequently launched domestic flights within Argentina and by the end of the year it will fly six domestic routes from Buenos Aires to Córdoba, Mendoza, Iguazu, Neuquén, Bariloche and Salta.

From London Gatwick, Norwegian’s long-haul network serves, in the US, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale/Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland/San Francisco, Orlando, Seattle and Tampa.

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