Norse Atlantic Airways, the new low-cost carrier founded by former Norwegian Air partners, is expected to establish an international hub at Gatwick Airport, said Unite, the British aviation sector union.
The new company will indirectly replace Norwegian Air itself at the airport south of London, which operated its long-haul flights until the beginning of the year.
As is well known, Norwegian has ended these operations and returned the entire fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Unite expects Norse to be able to hire former Norwegian Air employees. “Norse Atlantic Airways is looking to start operations next year and this will be a vital opportunity for former Norwegian Air Resources employees, many of them Unite members, who were made redundant in January,” Unite regional officer Claire Simpson told The Argus.
Norse’s arrival at Gatwick, the UK’s second busiest airport, will also help offset the huge losses caused by the pandemic.
The air terminal is expecting to miss British Airways flights, which would be considering concentrating its air network only at Heathrow.
Norse Atlantic planned to start its first flights to America in December, but has already revised plans for early 2022 with a fleet of 15 leased Boeing 787s.