Low cost airline Norwegian is launching a service from London Gatwick to Singapore this autumn for just £179 one way.
From September 28, the airline will offer four flights a week to Changi Airport – voted the world’s best airport by flyers five years in a row.
The new route will be operated on Norwegian’s new state-of-the-art 787 Dreamliner aircraft offering up to 344 seats in both economy and premium cabins.
“Our transatlantic flights have shown the huge demand for affordable long-haul travel, so we are delighted to expand into new markets and offer our first route to Asia from the UK,” said Bjorn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian.
“Travel should be affordable for all so adding Singapore to our growing UK network will give passengers even more choice for affordable, quality travel to a range of global destinations.”
And, in a possible vote of confidence for Prime Minister Theresa May and Brexit, he added: “The UK is at the heart of Norwegian’s ambitious plans for growth so it is a significant moment not only to launch this exciting new route, but also for it to be the first long-haul route to take to the skies with our new ‘Norwegian UK’ subsidiary.”
Premium cabin fares on the Singapore route are available from £699 one way, which includes No.1 Lounges access at Gatwick, spacious seating with more than a metre of legroom, complimentary meal service and a generous baggage allowance.
Norwegian already offers affordable flights from London Gatwick to nine US destinations including the newly announced routes to Seattle and Denver. It carries 5.2 million UK passengers each year from four UK airports, to more than 50 global destinations.
“These new direct flights between two of the world’s top three financial centres will be welcome news for business travellers, particularly at a time when global trade is increasingly important for the UK economy,” said Stewart Wingate, chief executive, Gatwick Airport.
“Singapore is also a key tourist destination and gateway hub for long-haul travellers looking to venture further into Southeast Asia and Australia.”