Norwegian has acquired an additional 28 weekly slots at Gatwick Airport from summer 2018.

The take-off and landing slots, purchased from Small Planet Airlines, will allow the airline to plan for continued growth at Gatwick as it heads into its busiest ever year in the UK.

Gatwick is at the heart of the airline’s fast-growing UK operation, where it already flies more than 4.6 million passengers each year to more than 30 global destinations. The carrier’s route network from the airport includes long-haul flights to nine US cities and Singapore, with further long-haul routes to Argentina, Chicago and Austin launching early next year.

Thomas Ramdahl, chief commercial officer for the airline, said: “Gatwick is at the heart of our global growth ambitions so securing these crucial new slots will allow us to offer our passengers even more new routes, additional flights and affordable fares. Together with the launch of new routes to Argentina, Chicago and Austin in 2018, gaining extra capacity at Gatwick is another huge boost as we get ready for our biggest ever year in the UK.”

Planning work is currently underway to allocate the newly acquired 28 weekly slots which cover the busy summer 2018 period at Gatwick.

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