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Norwegian to launch low-cost long-haul service from Changi Airport

Press Release   •  Apr 20, 2017 16:30 SGT

New service will connect Changi directly to London Gatwick

SINGAPORE, 20 April 2017 – Changi Airport Group today welcomed the announcement by low-cost airline Norwegian of its intention to launch non-stop services between Singapore and London (Gatwick) on 28 September 2017[1].

Norwegian will launch a 4x weekly service, which will increase to 5x weekly from the Northern Winter Season[2]. It will use a 344-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in a two-class configuration offering economy and premium cabins. With the launch of this new service, the number of weekly flights from Singapore to London will increase to 50[2]. This translates into an addition of 1,720 (+11%) one-way seats weekly. London is Changi Airport’s 14th busiest route, with over 1.2 million passengers travelling between the two cities in 2016.

Norwegian’s new service will benefit travellers from the United Kingdom, as they can capitalise on Changi’s excellent connectivity to about 120 destinations in South East Asia and South West Pacific for onward travel to the region. Likewise, passengers from Singapore will have access to a plethora of destinations in Europe and even the United States using Norwegian’s global network.

Changi Airport Group’s CEO Mr Lee Seow Hiang said, “We are delighted to welcome Norwegian to Changi’s portfolio of airlines in September; it will enhance options for Changi Airport's passengers as well as attract more UK visitors to Singapore. With changing consumer preferences and an improvement in aircraft technology, low-cost carriers have taken the opportunity to expand into the long-haul market. We will continue to work with our airline partners to exploit other such opportunities to grow their operations at Changi.”

Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said: “Our transatlantic flights have shown the huge demand for affordable long-haul travel, so we are delighted to expand into new markets and offer our first route to Asia from the UK. Travel should be affordable for all so adding Singapore to our growing UK network will give passengers even more choice for affordable, quality travel to a range of global destinations.

“The UK is at the heart of Norwegian’s ambitious plans for growth so it is a significant moment not only to launch this exciting new route, but also for it to be the first long-haul route to take to the skies with our new ‘Norwegian UK’ subsidiary.”

The Singapore-London service will be operated by Norwegian’s UK subsidiary - ‘Norwegian UK’ (NUK), using Gatwick-based crew. The flight schedule[3] is as follows:

Days of OperationFlight No.RouteScheduled Departure (Local Time)Scheduled Arrival (Local Time)
TuesdayDI7408Singapore Changi - London Gatwick08501530
WednesdayDI7410Singapore Changi - London Gatwick23400620 +1
FridayDI7408[4] Singapore Changi - London Gatwick08451525
FridayDI7408[5]Singapore Changi - London Gatwick08151455
SundayDI7410Singapore Changi - London Gatwick23400620 +1

Days of operationFlight No.RouteScheduled Departure (Local Time)Scheduled Arrival (Local Time)
MondayDI7407London Gatwick – Singapore Changi10300615+1
TuesdayDI7409London Gatwick – Singapore Changi22301815+1
ThursdayDI7407London Gatwick – Singapore Changi10300615+1
SaturdayDI7409London Gatwick – Singapore Changi22301815+1

To mark its commencement of operations at Changi Airport, Norwegian (https://www.norwegian.com) is offering one-way Singapore-London fares starting from SGD 199 for economy class, and premium class tickets starting from SGD 839. Fares include all applicable fees and taxes. 

[1] Singapore to London flights commence on 29 September 2017

[2] From 29 Oct 2017 to 24 Mar 2018

[3] Launch of service is subject to regulatory approval. Schedule of fifth service will be shared at a later date.

[4] From 29 Sep to 06 Oct 2017

[5] From 13 to 27 Oct 2017

About Changi Airport Group

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. CAG also manages Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP, ICAO: WSSL) and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.

Changi Airport is the world's sixth[6] busiest airport for international traffic. It served a record 58.7 million passengers from around the globe in 2016. Including the soon-to-be-opened Terminal 4, Changi Airport will have 400 retail and service stores, as well as 140 F&B outlets. With over 100 airlines providing connectivity to 380 cities worldwide, Changi Airport handles about 7,000 flights every week, or about one every 90 seconds.

[6] Based on 2015 figures

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