27 AUGUST 2018
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Plans to launch flights between Gatwick and the financial centre of São Paulo next year have been announced by Norwegian Air after the carrier won clearance from Brazil’s civil aviation authority ANAC.
A spokesman for the airline, which says it is also “considering” a London – Rio de Janeiro service, said: “Air travel between Brazil and the UK is characterised by low competition and high prices. Norwegian Air intends to reverse that.”
The airline is already active in South America after starting flights between the UK and Argentina in February with a Gatwick – Buenos Aires service after obtaining an Argentinian air operator’s certificate.
It is reported to have postponed plans to operate Argentinian domestic flights because of delays to the supply of engines for its Boeing fleet. The decision to postpone the launch coincided with an economic downturn in Argentina.
Norwegian’s activities in Argentina date from early last year after the airline’s board approved hiring of staff and route expansion (BTN 15 May 2017).
A spokesman for Norwegian Air Argentina said at the time: “Argentina is an interesting market with great potential that fits Norwegian’s global strategy well, combining affordable domestic and international flights.”
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