Norwegian kicks off low-cost service to Rio de Janeiro

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Norwegian kicks off low-cost service to Rio de Janeiro

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1 April 2019

By | 1 April 2019

The new connection “breaks the current monopoly on direct flights between the UK and Brazil”

On Sunday 31 March, Norway’s budget airline launched its first-ever route to Brazil with a new non-stop service from London Gatwick to Rio de Janeiro.

Norwegian has chosen its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner to operate the flight. With a capacity of up to 344 seats, it offers low fares creating strong competition for other carriers operating the route.

Norwegian launches its second route to South America — Norwegian Group Created with Sketch. Norwegian launches its second route to South America — Norwegian

“Our route to Rio de Janeiro breaks the monopoly on direct flights between the UK and Brazil and builds upon our expanding services to South America,”  said Norwegian’s CEO, Bjorn Kjos.

“Our modern fleet of aircraft allow customers to enjoy their trip from the moment they step on board by flying in modern, more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient aircraft.”

Gatwick’s head of airline relations, Stephen King, added: “This new route further strengthens Gatwick’s connections to South America continuing our long-standing precedent of championing competition and opening up new destinations and price points for our passengers.”

The new route to Rio de Janeiro aims to enhance Norwegian’s existing service to South America. The airline already offers direct flights from London to the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires. It also operates a series of domestic flights within Argentina from Buenos Aires to Mendoza, Córdoba, Salta, Iguazú, Bariloche and Neuquén.

London to Miami, San Francisco and Seattle connections launched as well

In addition to the flights to Brazil, Norwegian’s new services to Miami International Airport and San Francisco International Airport also launched on Sunday. The airline’s summer service to Seattle recommenced as well.

At London Gatwick, Norwegian offers a network of 14 long-haul flights to 12 US destinations and two routes to South America Buenos Aires, Argentina and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The airline serves more destinations in the US non-stop from London Gatwick Airport than any other airline.