Holidaymakers facing soaring air fares to the US may be able to snap up a bargain after another Norwegian airline announced new summer routes from London Gatwick.
Norse Atlantic will link the Sussex airport with Washington Dulles from 1 June.
On 30 June daily flights begin from Gatwick to Los Angeles. The following day, a thrice-weekly link with San Francisco will begin.
All flights will use the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The routes are in addition to an existing link with New York JFK, and previously announced flights to two Florida destinations: Orlando from 25 May and Fort Lauderdale from 26 May. The latter destination offers a cut-price alternative to Miami, which is about 20 miles south.
At the height of summer, Norse Atlantic will fly 36 times a week from the Sussex airport to the US.
The route network has striking similarities to that operated by Norwegian until the coronavirus pandemic. The carrier abandoned transatlantic routes from Gatwick as it faced extreme financial pressure.
Since the Covid crisis, many transatlantic air fares are far higher than in 2019. The move is likely to offer families a cheaper option compared with flights from London Heathrow on British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
It will also spark a competitive response from rivals. A US carrier, jetBlue, already flies from Gatwick to New York JFK.
Bjorn Tore Larsen, the chief executive of Norse Atlantic Airways, said: “This marks an important moment for consumers as we celebrate serving more destinations to the US from London Gatwick this summer than any other airline.
“The addition of direct flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and Boston to our already popular New York, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale/Miami services will provide greater choice and value for consumers.”
The chief executive of Gatwick, Stewart Wingate, said: “The new services mean Gatwick and Norse will provide an increasingly competitive offering, which is great news for passengers across London and the South East, as well as businesses in the region.
“Long-haul routes, particularly in North America, are a hugely important aspect of our strategy, especially as we look to return to pre-covid levels of passengers and destinations. For Norse to demonstrate such commitment to Gatwick highlights the incredibly strong demand for our slots and we look forward to welcoming more…
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