Low-priced carrier Norwegian launches non-stop flights between Singapore and London

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Norwegian Air Shuttle said it would begin operating on the direct route between London and Singapore in September to meet rising demand for cheap flights to Asia.

While the economy fares are cost-effective, the premium cabin seats start at £699 ($897) one way, which includes lounge access at Gatwick, more legroom, a complimentary meal service, and "generous baggage allowance".

The long-haul low-priced operator will operate four-times weekly on the route, rising to to five-times weekly during the northern winter season between October and March.

The route will be operated on the airline's 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which has 344 economy and premium seats. With a huge aircraft order and new traffic rights in place, the new Singapore route marks the first step in Norwegian's ambitions to expand its existing long-haul network into a range of new global markets.

The move is part of the airline's efforts to expand its low-priced long-haul flights into new global markets, including Asia, opening up more options for business travellers. London is Changi Airport's 14th busiest route, with over 1.2 million passengers travelling between the two cities previous year, CAG said. More than 1.2 million passengers travelled on the route in 2016.

"We are delighted to welcome Norwegian to Changi's portfolio of airlines in September; it will enhance options for Changi Airport's passengers as well as attract more United Kingdom visitors to Singapore", says Changi Airport Group's CEO, Lee Seow Hiang. "With changing consumer preferences and an improvement in aircraft technology, low-priced carriers have taken the opportunity to expand into the long-haul market".

A fare comparison by The Independent for the first day of the new service, returning a week later, found fares of £474 on British Airways and £499 on Singapore Airlines, compared with £380 on Norwegian.



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