Tuesday, 9 July 2019

London Gatwick - Las Vegas among a number of transatlantic routes axed by Norwegian

The World's best long-haul budget airline, Norwegian has confirmed it is axing another Europe to USA route from its schedule - this time its the London Gatwick to Las Vegas route that is getting cut. 

Norwegian used to operate the flight as a winter service only, but is dropping it mainly because of the excess competition from Virgin and more aggressively British Airways - part of the IAG group, which failed in its repeated attempts to take over Norwegian.  Since those botched efforts for a buyout of Norwegian, British Airways has been on a war footing against the budget airline. British Airways started flying from Gatwick to Oakland near San Francisco and to Fort Lauderdale in Florida to directly compete with Norwegian - both Norwegian and BA have now axed services to Oakland. The low-cost airline has moved the Fort Lauderdale service to the nearby airport in Miami and guess what?  British Airways are calling a halt to its Fort Lauderdale service in September.


According to the BA scheduling office, there are 'no current plans' to end the recently extended year-round Gatwick service to Las Vegas, however, watch this space as the airline already flies to the Nevada capital of excess from its Heathrow base. 

According to the UK's TTG Norwegian said, "As Norwegian moves from growth to profitability, we have decided to discontinue our seasonal London-Las Vegas service following a comprehensive review of the route."

Norwegian is also moving services from Barcelona-El Prat Airport and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport to Oakland to San Francisco for this winter period. The Barcelona to San Francisco will launch October 28, 2019, and operate twice weekly during the winter season, on Mondays and Fridays.  The Paris to San Francisco route will launch on October 30th, flying twice weekly during the winter season, on Wednesdays and Sundays. 

“We are excited that Norwegian has chosen SFO for their nonstop flights to Barcelona and Paris this fall. This move gives travellers at SFO even more ways to enjoy Norwegian’s amazing value,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero.

Norwegian’s summer seasonal services from Copenhagen, Oslo, Rome and Stockholm to Oakland will continue to operate, at least for the foreseeable future. 

Other transatlantic routes Norwegian is dropping include:
Boston – Paris
Chicago - London
Denver – London
Fort Lauderdale – Copenhagen
Los Angeles – Copenhagen
Los Angeles - Oslo
Los Angeles – Rome
New York JFK – Copenhagen
New York JFK – Stockholm
Orlando – Oslo






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