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.