After just over a year of bringing low cost for travel from Singapore to London, Norwegian Air has surprised some observers with its announcement it would end the route.
The low cost carrier, which began its London/Gatwick-Singapore flights in September of 2017 will end its four times weekly service on January 10. As a result, reservations have been closed for travel on or after January 12.
Norwegian’s decision to end the Singapore service comes as it shifts its focus expand in Latin America, where it plans to launch a domestic operation in Argentina following the start of its London-Buenos Aires flights earlier this year. Following the closure of the Singapore flights, the airline will start a new London/Gatwick-Rio de Janeiro service in the spring of 2019.
In response to queries from media agencies, a Norwegian spokesperson was quoted on the Business Times saying: “We continually evaluate our global network to ensure that we operate routes in response to customer demand. We have taken the decision to no longer operate our Gatwick to Singapore service from 12th January 2019 and use this capacity elsewhere on our network. Customers who have booked to fly after this period will be offered alternative options to reach their destination or a full refund.”
The introduction of the London-Singapore flights by Norwegian brought on lower fares on an already competitive route served by Singapore Airlines and British Airways. In addition to the non-stop flights, travelers have options to fly with airlines such as Emirates, Cathay Pacific, and Qatar Airways with a connection in the Middle East or Hong Kong.
While it makes its exit from Singapore, Norwegian will still have a presence in Asia with its flights to Bangkok from its hubs in Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Norwegian has also been reported to be planning to launch flights to Krabi, Thailand next month.