Kjos: Norwegian will place UK at centre of future growth

Kjos: Norwegian Will Place UK At Centre Of Future Growth

Norwegian chief executive Bjorn Kjos has delivered an address in London to outline his global expansion plans for carrier in addition to its UK operations.

Kjos: Norwegian Will Place UK At Centre Of Future Growth

Speaking at an event at The Shard, Kjos said: “The UK will be at the heart of our continued global expansion in addition to we remain fully committed to the market.

Kjos: Norwegian Will Place UK At Centre Of Future Growth

“We are launching long-haul routes exclusively coming from London Gatwick, introducing our newest Dreamliners to Gatwick in addition to increasing frequency on favorite routes which reflects the growing importance of the UK to the future of our business.”

Kjos: Norwegian Will Place UK At Centre Of Future Growth

The conference came as Norwegian prepares to launch a fresh flight to Buenos Aires tomorrow.

Kjos: Norwegian Will Place UK At Centre Of Future Growth

As part of the expansion Norwegian Air Argentina has been set up with concessions to fly 72 domestic in addition to 80 international routes out of the Argentine capital.

Kjos: Norwegian Will Place UK At Centre Of Future Growth

This particular could include onward connections to Mendoza, Cordoba, in addition to Iguazu Falls for UK travellers, Kjos suggests.

Kjos: Norwegian Will Place UK At Centre Of Future Growth

fresh direct services to Chicago in addition to Austin, out of Gatwick, will follow in March.

Kjos added: “With huge global ambitions, we’re confident of which the UK can offer Norwegian a springboard to further expansion as we aim to become the long-haul airline of choice for passengers seeking a high-quality service at great value.”

Europe’s third largest low-cost airline has sought to boost the market in low-cost, long-haul travel since launching transatlantic services coming from London Gatwick to the USA in 2014.

Norwegian has since flown more than two million passengers on its transatlantic routes coming from London Gatwick.

The airline flew more than 5.1 million UK passengers in 2017.

Norwegian will be also required to see eight fresh Airbus A321neo LR join its fleet by 2019, with plans to serve the UK coming from 2020.

The A321neo LR will be Norwegian’s first Airbus aircraft in addition to plans are under development to fly the planes coming from London to the US East Coast in addition to Midwest.

Philadelphia, Detroit, in addition to Minneapolis were suggested as possible destinations.

Norwegian will also consider routes to the Middle East using the Airbus A321neo LR, Kjos added.

Clouds on the horizon

Kjos did however single out issues of which could create turbulence looking ahead, with airspace limitations cited as a major concern.

Russia currently bars Norwegian UK coming from its airspace, limiting the carrier’s expansion plans in Asia.

“Perhaps they do not like competition,” Kjos moots.

If Russia were to open its airspace to the carrier, a move which has the support of the UK government, Norwegian could open routes to Tokyo, Beijing, in addition to Shanghai, argues Kjos.

Congested airports inside UK were also cited as a drag on growth.

“We need many more runways here in London,” adds the Norwegian chief executive.

“The extension of Gatwick will be very cheap; to me the idea will be surprising the capacity at Gatwick will be not expanded.”

Kjos: Norwegian will place UK at centre of future growth

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