Norwegian to launch cheapest flights to Brazil

The airline is about to kick off a low-cost service from London Gatwick to Rio de Janeiro

Scandinavian budget carrier Norwegian has announced the launch of the first low-budget non-stop service from the UK to Brazil.

Norwegian to launch cheapest flights to Brazil — ricochet64 / Shutterstock
Norwegian will launch the cheapest flights to Brazil in March — ricochet64 / Shutterstock

From 31 March, the carrier will kick off its weekly flights between London Gatwick and Rio de Janeiro with the aim of lowering prices to unprecedented levels. A one-way flight will cost $306 (£240).

“We’re building on our expansive global network by launching the UK’s most affordable flights to Brazil and making South America available to even more consumers,” said Norwegian’s CEO, Bjorn Kjos.

“We’re committed to lowering fares and making travel more affordable for all holidaymakers and business travellers.

“Brazil is a fantastic addition to our global network and we look forward to welcoming customers on board.”

The new route to Rio de Janeiro follows Norwegian’s success with flights to South America. They already operate direct flights from London to the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires.

In October, the airline also launched domestic flights in Argentina with two routes from Buenos Aires to Mendoza and Córdoba ahead of planned new routes to Salta, Iguazú, Bariloche, and Neuquén.

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Prices for flights from London to Rio will collapse — marchello74 / Shutterstock

The new Brazilian service also means a significant extension for operations at Gatwick.

Norwegian already connects the London airport with 12 North American destinations: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale / Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland / San Francisco, Orlando, Seattle, and Tampa.

“This pioneering service to Rio de Janeiro builds on the exceptional choice of destinations and fares already on offer for Gatwick passengers, which has grown to more than 60 direct long-haul routes,” said Gatwick Airport’s CEO Stewart Wingate.

“The UK’s connectivity into South America is extremely important for the future and a new direct, affordable route to Brazil will provide exciting opportunities for both business and leisure travellers.”

The four weekly flights from Gatwick to Rio will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with up to 344 leather seats in an economy and premium cabin configuration.