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Norwegian has announced plans to establish a new long-haul base at London Gatwick.
The new base is to build on the airline's recent expansion at London Gatwick, where it offers low-cost flights between the UK and the U.S., the airline said.
Both pilots and cabin crew will be based at London Gatwick. Recruitment of Gatwick-based cabin crew will take place early next year. Norwegian is also recruiting pilots to its JFK base, where the company already has a cabin crew base.
Norwegian opened a crew base at London Gatwick in 2013 where the company now has 90 pilots and 200 cabin crew members based for its short haul operation. Norwegian will carry more than three million passengers to and from London Gatwick during 2014 and currently has 400 weekly flights and 41 routes operating from the airport.
In July this year, Norwegian celebrated its first flights between London Gatwick and three US cities; Los Angeles, New York and Fort Lauderdale. Launching long-haul routes between London Gatwick and the United States is also an important part of Norwegian’s strategy to expand internationally and get a stronger foothold in global markets, the airline said.
Norwegian has a long-haul fleet of seven 787 Dreamliners and 10 more on order.