Norwegian is continuing its global expansion today by launching the UK’s first low fare route to South America, with a non-stop service from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires.
The new year-round service will begin by offering four weekly flights from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport.
Norwegian chief executive, Bjorn Kjos, said: “Today we have marked the start of our new expansion into South America by bringing a taste of Argentina to London Gatwick.
“I am delighted to bring our high quality long-haul flights to another continent as we launch the only direct flight from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires, giving leisure and business passengers affordable access to South America.
“Our first flight to Buenos Aires from the UK marks another milestone for Norwegian.
“As our first South American route takes off, it is also a first step towards ambitious plans for international and domestic growth in Argentina, ahead of flights to Chicago and Austin from London Gatwick next month.”
Norwegian’s long-haul flights from London Gatwick are exclusively operated by a fleet of brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Gatwick Airport chief executive, Stewart Wingate, said: “The launch of Norwegian’s first ever South American route is another exciting landmark in Gatwick’s on-going mission to connect the UK to more and more long-haul destinations.
“The airport now offers 63 long-haul connections – with many, including Buenos Aires, operated by low-cost carriers – making Gatwick the busiest departure airport for low-cost long-haul services in the world.
“We’re going to continue breaking new ground this year and remain focused on strengthening Gatwick’s global reach at a time when worldwide connections are crucial for the UK.
“In fact, two new Norwegian routes to Austin and Chicago will follow the Buenos Aires service into Gatwick’s schedules next month alone.”
Buenos Aires will be Norwegian’s 11th route launched from London Gatwick in the past four years and by the end of March, Norwegian will become the second largest long-haul airline at Gatwick with 13 direct long-haul routes following the launch of Singapore in September, Buenos Aires in February and Chicago and Austin in March 2018.
Argentina ambassador Carlos Sersale di Cerisano said: “This first direct flight from Norwegian connecting London Gatwick to Buenos Aires is great news for Argentina, as means more travellers can fall in love with our fantastic country.”