LONDON – Tickets are now open for sale as Norse Atlantic Airways opened sales for flights between London Gatwick (LGW) and New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
Norse Atlantic Airways is a start-up airline, a reversion of the bankrupt Norwegian Air Shuttle (Long-Haul division).
The launch of the Gatwick to JFK route on August 12, 2022, with round-trip fares from £255 (US$322). This flight will be carried out on a daily basis, and other destinations n North America will soon be revealed.
The airline stated that: Norse said that the move “will not only provide the most comfortable option to travel to Norway, they will also allow UK customers to take advantage of our flights from Oslo to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Los Angeles”.
CEO of Norse Atlantic Airways Bjorn Tore Larsen announced in a statement:“We are very pleased to now be able to welcome customers looking to book great value flights between London Gatwick and New York JFK.”
He added that: “The introduction of affordable Norse Atlantic Airways point-to-point flights between Europe and the United States, will benefit both local tourism and businesses.”
“Not only are we directly investing in the countries that we operate by employing local staff but also supporting job creation across the wider tourism and service industry.”
The route between London and Gatwick is considered to be a very high competitive route, with a high yield.
CEO of Gatwick Airport Stewart Wingate added: “We are delighted to welcome Norse Atlantic Airways to Gatwick.”
“It’s always great to see a new tail on the airfield but the arrival of a new airline following the turbulent past two years for the industry, and one that will be offering fantastic long-haul routes across the Atlantic, is particularly exciting news.
“Passengers across London and the South East will now be able to benefit from another transatlantic service from Gatwick, with Norse offering excellent value for money for those flying out for a dream holiday, or important business trip, to New York.”
Due to the series of unfortunate events, the Norwegian startup has not yet started the flight.
This has been delayed surrounding the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February, and consequently the rise in commodity prices. Norse Atlantic Airways, is now gearing up to launch on June 14, 2022, from Oslo to America.
The long-haul low-cost carrier plans to have 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in its portfolio. Currently, nine 787s are parked at Oslo Airport.
Moreover, The airline is leasing two 787-8s and two 787-9s to Air Europa for 18 months. This is to help the airline to bring liquidity prior to launch.
The airline commented on this sub-leasing deal with Air Europa as: “aircraft that we were not planning to fully utilize in our start-up phase.”
In fact, this year is actually a good year for setting up an airline in the midst of a surge in travel demand. Bjorn Tore Larsen, chief executive of Norse Atlantic Airways said: “It’s actually a very good time to launch an airline”.
“There is a huge pent-up demand. People haven’t been able to travel for two years or more, particularly between continents.”