Norwegian unveils new destination from Gatwick

Norwegian has announced it is launching Gatwick to Rhodes flights this summer.

The service will operate weekly from 17 June until 16 October.

The low-cost airline is also increasing the frequency of its flights to Kefalonia, Palma, Chania, Ibiza, Oslo, Aalborg and Stavanger.

Germania Skiworld partnership a success

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A new partnership between Germania and winter tour operator Skiworld has been hailed a success after the airline announced it has carried hundreds of winter sports enthusiasts on regular flights between Gawick and Grenoble.

Berlin based airline Germania, which landed at Gatwick in 2013, teamed up with Skiworld, the UK’s largest independent ski operator, in November 2016 and will operate flights to Grenoble on Skiworld’s behalf until the end of the winter season in April.

Sarah Searson, Managing Director of Skiworld, said: “Germania’s top levels of inflight comfort and customer service are the perfect complement to Skiworld’s superb winter holidays. It has been wonderful to see so many of our customers start their year by boarding one of Germania’s jets and heading for the ski slopes near Grenoble. By the end of the current winter sports season, thousands of Skiworld’s customers will have flown with Germania and we anticipate overwhelmingly positive feedback.”

Gatwick gains more Hong Kong flights

Cathay Pacific has today announced it is expanding hits Gatwick to Hong Kong services.

From June 2017, the airline’s four-times-weekly Gatwick to Hong Kong flights, which launched in September, will be increased to a daily service.

Gatwick airlines in terminal move

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet are moving terminals in January.

Dates and airline details are as follows:

  • British Airways
    11 January, from this date BA’s 2272/3 New York (JFK) flights will operate from the South Terminal.
    19 January, BA’s 2613/2 Naples services will operate from the South Terminal.
    25 January, all British Airways flights will operate from the South Terminal.
  • easyJet
    From 24 January, all easyJet flights will operate from Gatwick’s North Terminal.
  • Virgin Atlantic
    From 24 January, all Virgin Atlantic flights will operate from the North Terminal.

Gatwick to Vancouver flights announced

Air Canada has announced it is to operate a three-times-weekly service between Vancouver and Gatwick next summer.

Flights will launch on 8 June 2017 using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft and be operated by Air Canada Rouge on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

This will be the second Gatwick service that Air Canada Rouge will operate next summer, the other being the previously announced Gatwick to Toronto flights.

Gatwick to Xi’an flights announced

Tianjin Airlines has announced it is launching flights to Xi’an, capital of Shanxi Province, next summer.

The Chinese airline, which landed at Gatwick in June, will commence Gatwick to Xi’an flights in May 2017 using an Airbus A330-200 offering 18 business-class and 242 economy-class seats.

The airline is also set to increase its Gatwick to Tianjin-Chongqing flights from twice to three times per week.

IAG Cargo to launch new Gatwick to USA routes

All-cargo airline IAG Cargo has announced it is to launch new services to the USA.

IAG Cargo will operate a four-times-per-week Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale service from March 2017, operating four times per week.

The airline will also operate a three-times-per-week service to Oakland, California, from March.

All flights will operate using wide-bodied British Airways B777-200 aircraft.

Formed following the 2011 merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo, IAG Cargo now serves 22 gateways on over 800 flights per week to North America.

BA announces Gatwick to California flights

British Airways is set to go head to head with Norwegian when it launches its Gatwick to Oakland flights next year.

The airline’s first Gatwick to California service will operate four times weekly (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) from 28 March 2017, using a 777-200ER aircraft.

Norwegian offers Premium passengers free lounge access

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Norwegian has announced that Premium passengers travelling on its Oakland International Airport (OAK) to Gatwick service will be offered free access to the airport’s brand new lounge.

The new Escape Lounge at OAK will be available to Premium passengers from this month and will complement the passengers’ free access to No1 Lounges at Gatwick.

OAK’s Escape Lounge offers a relaxing atmosphere with stylish and contemporary furnishings, an extensive, complimentary locally inspired menu, unlimited free alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and free high-speed Wi-Fi in addition to a selection of newspapers and magazines.

Passengers travelling in Norwegian’s economy passengers can also benefit from the Lounge’s facilities at a fee.

Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian said: “We’re upgrading our Premium passengers’ journey with complimentary access to the newest airport lounge in the Bay Area. Norwegian is defining premium low-cost travel with an enhanced experience without the price tag. Our customers expect high quality, choice and affordable fares which is why Premium passengers can enjoy the fantastic brand new facilities of the Escape Lounge at Oakland in addition to select lounges in other parts of the world.”

Croatia Airlines in Gatwick move

There’s speculation that Croatia Airlines is set to move its Heathrow flights to Gatwick.

The airline, which left Gatwick in 2013, is in the process of selling its nine weekly slots at Heathrow before moving its Zagreb flights to Gatwick, EX-YU Aviation News reports.