In the most significant intervention in the London airport expansion debate by an airline to date, Norwegian – currently the third largest airline at London Gatwick Airport – has announced ambitious plans to locate 50 brans new Boeing aircraft to serve global long haul destinations at an expanded London Gatwick Airport. Plans include:
50 new long haul Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 100 new short haul aircraft to be based at London Gatwick Airport following expansion.
“I strongly back Gatwick as the right choice for the new runway.” – Bjorn Kjos, Norwegian CEO.
“This is by far the most significant and positive intervention by an airline in the expansion debate to date.” – Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO.
In addition, a further 100 Norwegian short haul aircraft would also be based at Gatwick, bringing the total number of new aircraft to 150.
In a speech at the Aviation Club recently, Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said that Gatwick was clearly the best choice for expansion – pointing out that only Gatwick’s plan offers lower landing charges providing more capacity for low-cost airlines to grow, leading to greater competition and positioning the UK to fit with future trends in global aviation.