It was announced today that Norwegian Airlines is expanding its low-cost long-haul network with a 55 per cent increase in the number of flights to the US from next summer.
Why should you care? Well, Norwegian is basically the Ryanair of Trans-Atlantic airlines. In recent years they’ve begun to dominate the low-cost airline industry, offering one-way flights from Oslo – LAX for under 100 GBP. And now, after an approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the airline will massively expand its services and begin offering routes from London Gatwick in early April 2017.
My experience with Norwegian Air was due to a (very) last minute decision to go to Coachella last April which saw me frantically looking for a flight to Los Angeles just 3 days before the festival. Thinking it would be impossible to find something reasonably priced (lower than 500 euros) I almost didn’t even try – but Norwegian came through and I booked a one-way ticket for just 340 euros total.
Don’t get me wrong, the flight was no-frills – your fare includes the bare minimum. Any luggage more than a carry-on will cost you extra, as will an in-flight meal service, so make sure you factor this into your costs. The minimum flight duration (London-NYC) will be around 5 hours, with a flight to Los Angeles clocking up to 11, so I recommend packing a snack of your own to avoid going hungry!
The staff were boisterously friendly, with the word “awesome” used gratuitously throughout the 11 hour journey. Think “Welcome aboard this awesome flight! We hope you have an awesome day!” The plane itself (A Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner) was described as “the most advanced passenger plane ever and the first with an interior designed by passengers.” I did notice a difference, especially the lighting, which ranged from a soft comforting blue to slightly a WTF rainbow effect every so often.
Since then I recommend Norwegian to anyone flying from USA to Europe or vice-versa because you really can’t beat the prices. So with these new routes being added for next year, the previously unattainable travel dreams of the Big Apple or Route 66 might be a little bit closer to reality in 2017.
Summary of the New Routes:
Next summer, customers will enjoy 12 additional US flights per week from London Gatwick:
- From 15 April 2017. Los Angeles: two additional weekly flights to become a daily service
- From 17 April 2017. Ft. Lauderdale: one additional weekly flight to two flights per week (Mon, Wed)
- From 18 April 2017. Oakland-San Francisco: two additional weekly flights to five flights per week (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun)
- From 20 April 2017. Orlando: one additional weekly flight to three flights per week (Tue, Thu, Sat)
- From 10 August 2017. New York: six additional flights to become double-daily service (except Wed with one departure)
Have you flown with Norwegian? What did you think of your experience? Let us know in the comments!