Norwegian launches low-cost non-stop flights to Singapore

Norwegian Airlines has announced that it is to launch a non-stop flight between London Gatwick and Singapore with prices starting at under £150.

The new route will offer direct flights four times a week between the two cities, and looks like it has the potential to revolutionise travel to Asia. For the first time it makes flights available to a new audience who may not previously have been able to afford a trip to the continent.

The flight, which will last 12 hours and 45 minutes, will fly into Singapore Changi Airport and will become the world’s longest route operated by a low-cost airline.

The 6,764 miles will be undertaken by brand new, state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft run by the airline which has been named the world’s best low-cost long-haul airline for two consecutive years at the SkyTrax World Airline Awards.

The move comes in the wake of the popularity of Norwegian’s low-cost flights to New York from Edinburgh and Belfast.

In honour of the new route, visitors to London Gatwick were treated to a teaser of a trip to Singapore, including lion dance performances, colourful kebaya dress and traditional Singaporean cuisine.

Norwegian Airlines’ CEO, Bjorn Kjos, expressed his delight at bringing prices down on long-haul routes such as this one.

“I’m delighted to build upon our popular USA flights and give leisure and business customers more affordable access to Singapore and the Asia-Pacific like never before. This is just the start of Norwegian’s UK expansion into new markets as we will continue connecting destinations where fares have been too high for too long.”

Norwegian currently carry 5.2million UK passengers per year to more than 50 global destinations on one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world.