Norwegian announces new routes to Chicago and Austin from Gatwick

Norwegian Air, a Norwegian low-cost airline, has announced two new US routes from London Gatwick, with flights now on sale to Chicago with fares from £179, and Austin, Texas from £239.

Starting March 25, 2018, Norwegian will commence a year-round, four-weekly service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, with economy fares from £179 one way and Premium fares from £499. And, starting March 27, 2018, Norwegian will operate flights to Austin with a new year-round, three-weekly service to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, with fares available from £239 one way and Premium fares from £579.

Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said: ‘Once again we have put the UK at the heart of our ambitious expansion plans, with affordable fares to another two exciting US destinations. As America’s third biggest city, Chicago is perfect addition to our growing networks while Austin has also become a major hub for leisure and business travel so we are delighted to offer passengers more choice and lower fares to these vibrant cities.

‘Many people said low-cost long-haul would never work but three years, 13 routes and 1.5 million UK passengers later and Norwegian has shown there is huge demand for more affordable long-haul travel.’

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, said: ‘These new flights are yet more proof that the low cost long haul revolution is here to stay as Norwegian and Gatwick’s long haul networks reach into all four corners of the globe. Norwegian now offers 13 long-haul routes from Gatwick to destinations across the US and also to South America and south east Asia.

‘The addition of new flights to Chicago and Austin also means that Gatwick’s long haul network breaks yet another world record as we now offer 62 long haul routes – more than any other single runway airport in the world – and the fifth largest network of any airport in Europe.’

The new routes from London Gatwick to Chicago and Austin will be operated on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft offering passengers seatback inflight entertainment, and a Premium cabin offering more than a metre of legroom, complimentary meal service and airport lounge access. Flights are now on sale at www.norwegian.com.

The airline, which first launched its low-cost long-haul services from Gatwick in July 2017, now serves 13 global long-haul destinations from Gatwick, including nine US cities, Singapore and Buenos Aires. Over 1.5 million UK passengers have now flown low-cost long-haul with Norwegian since July 2014, it said.

United Airlines launches new Edinburgh-Chicago service

United Airlines will launch its first nonstop summer seasonal service between its Chicago hub at O’Hare International Airport and Edinburgh, Scotland, beginning May 22, 2014.

Subject to government approval, the airline will operate five times weekly from May 23 to June 12, daily from June 13 to September 2, and four times weekly between September 3 and October 6.

The Edinburgh-Chicago flight will depart Edinburgh at 10:25, arriving in Chicago at 13:00 the same day. The return flight will depart Chicago at 18:00, arriving in Edinburgh at 07:45 the following day. Flight times will be eight hours 35 minutes westbound and seven hours 45 minutes eastbound.

First Minister Alex Salmond said the new route would help bring visitors for 2014 events such as the Year of Homecoming and the Ryder Cup. ‘The eyes of the world will be on Scotland in 2014, and, as we host international sporting stars at the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup and celebrate another Year of Homecoming, we hope to welcome visitors from across the world, not least from the United States, with whom we share strong and enduring bonds,’ he said.

Bob Schumacher, United Airlines’ managing director sales for the UK and Ireland, said: ‘Having recently celebrated 15 years of operations in Scotland, we’re delighted schedule with seasonal non-stop service to Chicago, United’s home town.

Next year’s Homecoming promotion and Ryder Cup at Gleneagles make it the ideal time to launch these flights, which will offer our customers an increased range of travel choices and opportunities.’

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to have played our part in developing this route with the other agencies and government departments that make up Team Scotland. This collaborative approach works and we look forward to bringing many more international routes to Edinburgh in the coming months.’

The flights will operate using Boeing 757-200 aircraft with a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in United Business First and 153 in United Economy, including 45 Economy Plus seats with increased personal space. United currently operates year-round nonstop service from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport to both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Wind up in the Windy City

2012 is a big year for Chicago with the G8 summit heading there in May. With so much to see and experience, it’s one of the must see travel destinations for 2012 and one you can’t afford to miss out on. International flights arrive daily into the city via its two airports: Midway International on the south of the city and O’Hare International on the northwest. No American trip is complete without having sampled life on the open road, so ensure you do your car hire comparison before you travel.

Located on the shore of Lake Michigan in the American Midwest, Chicago is one of America’s most iconic cities. The weather in the city is mostly iconic too, with the four seasons arriving just as you’d expect them too! If you plan a winter trip, it’s well worth packing extra jumpers for warmth against the snow, but if you head over in the summer, ensure you pack the sun-cream.

Lake Michigan dominates the city’s landscape and its sheer size is awe-inspiring. Hit the highways and take a ride out along the Great Lakes Circle tour, which is a dedicated route around the Great Lakes. The lake also provides some beautiful inland beaches which you’ll definitely not want to miss. If you want to stay in the city, then take a boat trip out onto the lake to take in the stunning skyline of Chicago rising high into the sky. Seeing the city from the lake shows off its architectural beauty perfectly and you’ll be able to gaze upon a skyline that includes the two tallest buildings in the United States. If you feel brave, compare the view from the lake to the view from above by travelling to the top of the Willis Tower, formerly Sears Tower, where you can head out onto the observation deck over 1300ft into the sky.

Life lakeside is rather laid back and there is a thriving community located on the lakeside neighbourhoods. Here you can sample some of the finest cuisine in the country, completely varied in taste. In amongst the little villages, you’ll be able to sample Mexican, Greek, Italian, Vietnamese and many more dishes from around the world. If that doesn’t set your world on fire, splash out and enjoy dinner at one of the city’s 23 Michelin starred restaurants, including the three Michelin star restaurant ‘ Alinea’.

Chicago has more than enough to fill your trip with. For the sports fan, any trip must include a visit to watch either the Chicago Bulls or the Chicago White Sox play. If music is more your scene, then the city has much to offer. All around the city, there are jazz and blues bars to relax in whilst you kick back with a glass of Effen Black Cherry Vodka. And if you want to get back to basics, then there’s the Garfield Park Conservatory which has the largest collection of tropical plants in the USA and the Adler Planetarium which will give some insight into gazing at the night’s sky.

Natalie Likness’ love of travel was introduced to her from an early age due to a trip abroad before she was even born! Having close family and making friends across the world, she has continued to travel ever since.