Norwegian announces new route to Buenos Aires

Norwegian, a low-cost long-haul airline, is planning to launch a new direct service from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires.

The airline will operate a year-round service of four weekly flights from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport, with fares starting from £259.90 one-way to Buenos Aires.

Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said: ‘Today we have marked the start of our new expansion into South America by bringing a taste of Argentina to London Gatwick. I am delighted to bring our high quality long-haul flights to another continent as we launch the only direct flight from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires, giving leisure and business passengers affordable access to South America.

‘Our first flight to Buenos Aires from the UK marks another milestone for Norwegian. As our first South American route takes off, it is also a first step towards ambitious plans for international and domestic growth in Argentina, ahead of flights to Chicago and Austin from London Gatwick next month.’

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: ‘The launch of Norwegian’s first ever South American route is another exciting landmark in Gatwick’s ongoing mission to connect the UK to more and more long-haul destinations. The airport now offers 63 long-haul connections – with many, including Buenos Aires, operated by low-cost carriers – making Gatwick the busiest departure airport for low-cost long-haul services in the world.

‘We’re going to continue breaking new ground this year and remain focused on strengthening Gatwick’s global reach at a time when worldwide connections are crucial for the UK. In fact, two new Norwegian routes to Austin and Chicago will follow the Buenos Aires service into Gatwick’s schedules next month alone.’

Norwegian’s long-haul flights from London Gatwick will be operated by a fleet of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The new 56 seat cabin configuration will offer passengers more than a metre of legroom, complimentary meals, baggage allowance and airport lounge access, with Premium fares available from £699.90 one way.

Buenos Aires will be Norwegian’s 11th route from London Gatwick in the past four years and by the end of March, Norwegian will operate 13 direct long-haul routes following the launch of Singapore in September, Buenos Aires in February and Chicago and Austin in March 2018, the airline said.

Norwegian announces new London -Argentina route starting February next year

Norwegian has announced a new route from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires – the airline’s first ever South American route.

Known as the ‘Paris of South America’, Buenos Aires offers UK travellers a mix of European and Latin American culture. The new route will start in February 2018, with fares from £299. Norwegian already offers long-haul flights from London Gatwick to nine US cities and Singapore. Buenos Aires will become Norwegian’s 11th long-haul route from London Gatwick as it continues to expand its services from the UK into a range of new global markets.

Effective from February 14, 2018, Norwegian will start a year-round service of four weekly flights from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport. Operated using the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the service offers passengers seatback inflight entertainment and fares from £299 one way in economy. Passengers can also opt for Premium cabin which offers more than a metre of legroom, complimentary meal service, and airport lounge access, with Premium fares available from £699 one way. Flights are now on sale at www.norwegian.com.

Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said: ‘With our new Argentina route we are offering UK passengers more choice and lower fares to another exciting global destination. Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan capital city with something to offer all travellers and Norwegian has fares to suit all budgets.

‘From Europe, the USA, Asia and now South America, our long-haul network is going global and the UK will continue to be at the heart of our ambitious plans for expansion. We also see huge potential in the Argentinian market so this is not only a major milestone as our first South American route, it is also a first step towards ambitious plans for international and domestic growth in Argentina.’

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: ‘Norwegian’s new direct route to Buenos Aires shows that the low cost long haul revolution continues to break new ground. The boom in these routes is a major factor in Gatwick recording the second largest increase in direct connectivity of any European airport over the last five years. Gatwick now serves more than 50 long haul direct services and this is only the beginning. This is the future of air travel becoming a reality before our eyes and is being driven by new low cost long haul services that Gatwick and Norwegian have pioneered.’

Norwegian carries more than five million UK passengers each year from five UK airports, to over 50 global destinations. Earlier last week it was announced that Norwegian has been awarded the ‘World’s best low-cost long-haul airline’ for three consecutive years at the SkyTrax World Airline Awards.

Boca Juniors Football Team Opens Hotel in Argentina

Club Atletico Boca Juniors, an Argentinean football club in Buenos Aires, has announced the opening of a football-themed hotel in Buenos Aires.

Boca Juniors is Argentina’s most triumphant football team, successful both at home and internationally, having won 51 official titles at the national and international tournaments. Boca Juniors is the football team where Diego Maradona, Argentina’s most famous football icon, played, and the club has recently opened a luxury hotel in the city centre, in the district of San Telmo, for the cost of GBP9 million. The hotel, which has taken four years to construct, will provide accommodation for team members on nights before matches, with dedicated floors to the players.

The 85-room hotel is offering a decor comprising of Boca Juniors memorabilia, while hotel amenities include a guest lobby, a luxury spa and a fitness facility. The rooms are decorated with photographs of the team players, and room rates range between GBP90 and GBP370 per night.

The hotel also hosts a museum dedicated to the team, and offers documentaries on the team, on demand, to its guests. Fans of the team will be able to relive the nostalgia associated with the team as well as enjoy the excitement of staying with the football team players during home town matches.

The president of Boca Juniors, Daniel Angelici, said in an interview, ‘We predict success for this hotel, as much for its architecture as for its colours, which are our own and represent our passion and love.’

The World Tango Championship: Argentina’s Star Cultural Draw

There’s no place like Buenos Aires, especially if you’re a keen tango fan. The capital and largest city in Argentina, Buenos Aires has gained a reputation throughout the world as one of its most inspiring and artistic European cities, despite being located tens-of-thousands of kilometres from Europe. It’s an intriguing mix of European architecture and distinctly Latin culture, and it’s now a tourist mecca.

It’s no surprise that Buenos Aires has gained such attention throughout the world. The city is one of the most developed in the region, housing a selection of international businesses and major offices despite Argentina’s near permanent state of political ambiguity. It’s also a cultural melting pot, with immigrants from Europe, the United States, and other South American countries calling it home.

But if Buenos Aires is known for just one thing, it’s the city’s immense love of tango. Some call it the Argentinian national sport, while others prefer to refer to it as an essential part of the nation’s culture. Tango is big business in Buenos Aires, and business gets no better than it is at the peak of the nation’s Tango World Championships.

The multi-day event is held in Buenos Aires every year, and has attracted some of the nation’s – and the world’s – most notable dancers. Participants in this year’s competition are a thorough mix of the world’s cultures and nationalities, with dancers from Japan and Britain rounding out a pack made up primarily of Argentinian contestants. The mood is competitive, yet the tournament is a festive event.

It’s tough to justify such a long haul trip for a relatively small sporting event, but it’s equally tough to ignore Buenos Aires’ immense pulling power. The city is home to thousands of contrasts, yet its artistic community and exciting nature make it a true must-see affair. If this year’s event isn’t going to slide into your schedule, make every effort to ensure that next year’s does.