Norwegian to resume UK flights on July 1

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Airline Norwegian has announced it will resume serving UK airports from July 1 due to increased demand.

The carrier will initially operate flights on four UK routes, connecting Gatwick and Edinburgh with Oslo and Copenhagen.

Since April, Norwegian has only operated domestic flights within Norway due to the collapse in passenger numbers caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Norwegian is returning to European skies with the reintroduction of more aircraft to serve our key destinations, which will ensure that we remain in line with competing carriers.”

Mr Schram added that Norwegian will offer “great value” as “competition in the industry begins to recover over the summer period”.

It has introduced a series of enhanced safety and hygiene measures, including requiring passengers to wear face masks, banning hand luggage from being put in overhead lockers, and not operating a catering service.

In May, the airline secured a £221 million loan backed by the Norwegian government as part of a rescue package to ensure its survival amid huge losses.

Gatwick Airport
(Gatwick Airport/PA)

He said: “Consumer demand is picking up as more people want to start flying again.

“For our part, the airport is ready to go and we have implemented a range of measures to protect the wellbeing and safety of both passengers and staff in recent weeks.

“We are starting to see small green shoots of recovery.”

EasyJet restarted flights for the first time in 11 weeks on Monday.

Among airlines which plan to increase services from current skeleton schedules, Ryanair intends to restore 40% of its flights from July 1, and British Airways is due to make a “meaningful return” to service next month.

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