The low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle, already based in London-Gatwick, acquired three pairs of flight slots at Heathrow from which it would launch flights to Orlando, Florida.
The provisional allocation to the Norwegian specialist of the cheap flight of six take-off and landing slots for the summer 2020 season was confirmed on 2 December 2019 by ACL, the authority in charge of the distribution of these slots. flights to London Heathrow Airport. Norwegian would have asked for seven pairs of slots but would have only three pairs, enough to ensure 89 rotations during the season. The rumors are insistent on a road to Orlando, but the low cost has not confirmed.
In London-Gatwick, its long-haul flights program includes Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK, Orlando already, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, and Tampa, plus high season Austin Chicago, Denver, and Seattle. Orlando Airport, Florida’s largest airport (Miami recorded 2.1 million fewer passengers last year), is also connected to Gatwick by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
The arrival of Norwegian at Heathrow, if confirmed, follows the imminent abandonment of its long-haul activity in Copenhagen and Stockholm, and the reduction of that in Oslo. She explained that she wanted to strengthen the one from London, Paris, and Barcelona, which were much more profitable. A decision « based on demand in various markets and operational challenges posed by the engines Rolls Royce » Boeing 787 Dreamliner, said a statement from Norwegian who launched its intercontinental operations in May 2013.
ACL has at the same time reduced the slots granted to two other airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines which lost its rotation and especially Tunisair which had only two instead of eight currently – only one rotation per week so next summer. China Southern Airlines has temporarily won 4 slots, and Shenzhen Airlines and Virgin Atlantic 2 each; Luxair, WestJet, JetBlue Airways, China Airlines, LAN Airlines, IndiGo, and SpiceJet are among the companies that did not get anything.