Norwegian Outlines Major Expansion at London Gatwick
Norwegian Air Shuttle would significantly increase its operations at London Gatwick if a second runway were built at the airport.
The Oslo-based airline’s chief executive, Bjørn Kjos, announced the low-cost carrier’s plans in a speech at the Aviation Club in London Thursday.
“We can contribute to putting 50 Dreamliners into there easy,” he told the audience, explaining that “Gatwick has the network to fly to every corner of Europe. Not all the airports have that.”
The expansion would result in the airline basing 150 aircraft – 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners for long-haul flights and 100 Boeing 737s for shorter flights – at an expanded Gatwick Airport.
The U.K. government is currently considering whether to build a second runway at the airport, the nation’s second largest. In 2015, more than 40 million passengers passed through Gatwick, a global record for a single-runway airport.
Norwegian currently offers flights on its long-haul Dreamliner fleet from Gatwick to New York, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Oakland/San Francisco, and Boston.
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