Gatwick to US budget airline to quadruple size of long-haul fleet

Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport

A budget airline that runs flights from Gatwick to the US will quadruple the size of its long-haul fleet in the next five years.

Norwegian’s order for 19 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will be used on its services to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale.

A spokesman said the airline will launch flights to Puerto Rico next month and routes to Boston in May 2016.

The European airline announced its third quarter results for 2015 showed its strongest growth in passenger numbers was at Gatwick Airport.

Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos said: “UK activity has played a crucial role in a strong third quarter for Norwegian, with Gatwick seeing our biggest overall growth in passenger numbers. With new aircraft and new routes planned, expansion in the UK will continue to be at the forefront of our long-term plans.”

Norwegian’s long-haul fleet will quadruple to 38 aircraft by 2020.

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