|One of the 737s of the airline in Oslo.|
The Scandinavian cut-price carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle, simply referred to norwegian, has announced an new base in London Gatwick. From spring 2013, the airline will base three Boeing 737-800 on the UK airport, an 4th aircraft is planned for late 2013. The airline will use the planes on new scheduled routes out of Gatwick to leisure destinations in Southern Europe. All in all the airline will operate up to 300 weekly flights to Alicante, Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Faro, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Malaga, Montpellier, Nice, Palma, Rome, Split and Tenerife. All flights are operated in competition to other budget airlines.
This will be the first flights fully outside of Scandinavia for the airline. Until now, the carrier has based planes in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and for operational reasons in Spain. The 64 Boeing 737 of the airline serves a high number of Scandinavian domestic flights and flights between the Scandinavian countries and as well flights from Scandinavia to a huge number of leisure and business destinations in Europe.
Norwegian is an very popular low-cost airline. It offers cheap fares, but in contrast to carriers like easyJet and Ryanair no dumping fares. There is no free baggage and now complimentary meals on board. A very famous brownie point of the airline is, that it offers free WLAN on several flights.