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Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:28 pm

Norwegian's newsdesk: http://media.norwegian.com/uk/#/pressre ... on-2330288
Norwegian today confirmed it has acquired an additional 28 weekly slots at London Gatwick Airport from summer 2018. The take-off and landing slots, purchased from Small Planet Airlines, will allow Norwegian to plan for continued growth at Gatwick as the airline heads into its busiest ever year in the UK in 2018.


Independent: https://www.independent.ie/world-news/n ... 05320.html
It is widely expected that the new slots will be used to support Norwegian’s growing network of low-cost long-haul routes from the airport

The move comes just weeks after British Airways-owner IAG announced it had secured prized runway slots at Gatwick when they were put up for sale by the administrator of collapsed airline Monarch.

Luchtvaart (Dutch): https://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieuws/ ... op-gatwick


After IAG got all of Monarch's Gatwick slots, Norwegian announced today the acquisition of 28 weekly Gatwick slots from leisure/charter airline Small Planet in time for summer 2018. Until now they've had to trade short haul for long haul on their slot allocations (for example three of ORD's now-daily 10 AM departures were previously used for ALC—from what I've seen).

I wonder if even one or two short haul markets like ALC or even WAW can be reinstated, or if existing short haul services will receive additional frequencies since many of DY's services from LGW aren't daily in the first place? Or if all will be used for even more long haul (as speculated by the Independent)? I'm unsure of the timings that Small Planet operates from the top of my head, but it'll be interesting to find out if more of the resulting adds will be in the morning or the evening; for instance AUS, ORD, DEN, SEA, and the recent JFK increase are all morning adds while SIN is two in the morning and two in the late evening.
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Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:12 pm

How many does Small Planet have?.
 
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Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:42 pm

I’d love to see PVD SWF and BDL share 14 slots (5/5/4) an gain LGW service
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Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:36 pm

787s, 737NG/MAX and A321s are INBOUND!!!
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Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:39 pm

RL757PVD wrote:
I’d love to see PVD SWF and BDL share 14 slots (5/5/4) an gain LGW service


As much as I would like to see this as well, since LGW is slot restricted, it's more likely to fly a larger aircraft with a lower CASM to a larger destination, making more revenue. But hey, never say never, with Norwegian or the airline industry in general.
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Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:41 pm

Are these 28 individual weekly slots (as opposed to 28 weekly slot-pairs)? I'm assuming they are based on the wording, but you know what can happen when you assume ...
 
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Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:52 pm

Surprised Small Planet had any to start with
 
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Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:18 pm

Given Norwegian can get feed from easyJet at LGW I presume these will be used for more long haul expansion from LGW. Its one market where I am sure their long haul is profitable (or has the potential to be profitable).
 
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Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:32 pm

Sorry being cynical, but is DY management interested in solving the debt issue rather then just spending?
 
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Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:39 pm

by738 wrote:
Surprised Small Planet had any to start with


Small Planet has a reasonable presence at LGW with aircraft based at the airport so obviously they would have slots.

Small Planet Airlines fly on behalf of numerous tour operators and fly regularly from LGW to Athens, Banjul, Corfu, Chania, Grenoble, Heraklion, Ivalo, Haugesund, Kefalonia, Kos, Larnaca, Las Palmas, Malta, Preveza, Pristina, Rhodes, Santorini, Skiathos, Tirana, Volos, Zakinthos.

So quite a reasonable presence at LGW but I wonder what will happen to their 2018 flight programme.
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Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:50 pm

1900Driver wrote:
Sorry being cynical, but is DY management interested in solving the debt issue rather then just spending?


Problem is that in order to solve their debt issue they need income and for an income they need operations. Looking at it that way, it's not spending. It's investing.

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So quite a reasonable presence at LGW but I wonder what will happen to their 2018 flight programme.


Probably shift to other airports in the region. There are still slots available at Luton and Stansted for example, and Southend isn't slot controlled. For Small Planet it doesn't make much difference which airport they use, for Norwegian it does. They got all their London operations concentrated at Gatwick, so expanding at other airports wouldn't make sense for them. Those flights wouldn't connect to their network, flights at Gatwick would.
 
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Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:06 pm

The Small Planet flights were all operated on behalf of tour operators. The assumption is that the tour operators will use seats on other, existing, services.
 
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Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:50 pm

They were planning on leaving LGW anyway so it’s no surprise after letting all the crew go and telling them they’ll have to transfer to another base. But they did have a reasonably large contract with Olympic Holidays and The Gambia Experienceso it’ll be interesting to see who’ll pick up the slack so to speak
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Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:45 pm

NozPerry wrote:
They were planning on leaving LGW anyway so it’s no surprise after letting all the crew go and telling them they’ll have to transfer to another base. But they did have a reasonably large contract with Olympic Holidays and The Gambia Experienceso it’ll be interesting to see who’ll pick up the slack so to speak


From evidence of my own Summer 2018 Olympic booking, it looks like EnterAir is picking up some of the slack at least.
 
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Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:58 pm

There are still slot pairs to be had, just at different times. Small Planet may well just be cashing in the increased value of the slot pairs and moving their flights to different times.

The longhaulers want slot pairs that fit their operations (preferably westbound in the AM and eastbound in the later PM). Charter outfits can juggle their operations about to a greater extent as they are not as dependent on strict scheduling.

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