Port of Oakland explains the change for flights from Oakland International Airport to London’s Gatwick Airport beginning April 18.
From the Port of Oakland: Flights from Oakland International Airport to London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW) will jump from three to five times weekly beginning April 18, 2017 on Norwegian. The airline has said that it will serve London-Gatwick from Oakland on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, all aboard brand new 349-passenger Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
OAK is the only Bay Area airport to offer service to London-Gatwick on both Norwegian and British Airways, the latter of which announced on November 1st that it will begin flying from Oakland starting March 28, 2017. Flights from both carriers will total up to 9 weekly departures from OAK to LGW.
With all announced routes in operation by next summer, Oakland will have a total of six European destinations, making OAK the 3rd largest gateway to Europe (in terms of destinations) in California, behind LAX and SFO.
Norwegian has been connecting OAK to Europe since 2013, serving Scandinavia with routes to Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden. It began serving London-Gatwick from Oakland in May of this year, and the convenient Bay Area connection to greater London continues to draw interest from consumers and industry stakeholders, alike. Like OAK, London-Gatwick serves a market that also includes a much larger airport, and also like Oakland, the smaller airport is easily connected by transit to the area’s metropolitan center.
From OAK, travelers can reach downtown San Francisco quickly and conveniently by taking Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). London-bound travelers can reach Victoria Station in the heart of London from Gatwick in just about 30 minutes by rail on the Gatwick Express.
In addition to the convenience of the connection between the San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater London Area, the expanded service is a signal toward greater benefits for residents in both countries and for the industry overall. The decision to expand service in Oakland follows recent approval of a foreign carrier permit for Norwegian Air International (NAI) by the US Department of Transportation (DOT), of which the Airport was a staunch supporter.
“Norwegian has led with innovation in identifying OAK as its exclusive San Francisco Bay Area gateway for US long haul investments, and Oakland is committed to cultivating Norwegian’s growth to the greatest degree possible,” said Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland at Oakland International Airport. “In doing so, we are seeing the expansion of high-quality air service, expanded inbound and outbound tourism, and more business opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Bjørn Kjos, CEO and founder of the Norwegian Group commented, “Norwegian is fully committed to growing its presence in the U.S. market, and that includes creating more American jobs. Not only do we have more U.S.-based cabin crew than any other foreign airline, we will soon also have more U.S.-based pilots than any other foreign airline. Norwegian is simply creating more American jobs than any other non-American airline, and we will continue to do so, just as we promised we would.”
By summer 2017, the portfolio of European service from OAK will include:
London-Gatwick Norwegian and British Airways
Terceira, Azores Azores Airlines
Seats are now on sale for the newly added flights at Norwegian.com/us.
About Oakland International Airport
Oakland International is the fourth busiest airport in California and second busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving over 11 million travelers each year, OAK is the closest airport to the region’s top tourism and entertainment venues. It is also the closest airport for most local residents.
Oakland’s air service roster to over 50 destinations is scheduled on 13 different airline brands – seven of which operate with OAK as their sole gateway into the San Francisco Bay region.
The vision of Oakland International Airport is to offer customers a world-class experience and be the airport of choice for Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by The Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States.
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