Norwegian announces London to Singapore route

Norwegian Air just announced a launch of a nonstop flight service between London Gatwick (LGW) and Singapore Changi (SIN) airports.

The first flight will take of from London on September 28, will take almost 13 hours and cost about 210 Euro one way, or about 460 Euro for return trip in Norwegian’s cheapest class Lowfare.

Norwegian will operate Boeing 787 Dreamliner and will fly 4-5 times a week (as of current schedule calendar).

But is it really a ” low cost” offer?

So far, it does not seem like it. The cheapest Lowfare from Norwegian only includes a seat and 10kg carry on, while LowFare+, which includes luggage  and meal, is priced at 570 Euros.

Here is Norwegian price for a direct flight London to Singapore with LowFare+ October 3rd to 20th.

While Turkish Airlines, with a short stopover in Istanbul airport, can be bought for about 430 Euros. And this is including a seat selection, decent meal and luggage . Surely, it is also a great opportunity to visit Istanbul’s great Star Alliance lounge, if you have Star Alliance Gold status. And it takes only 3-5 bours longer compared to Norwegian’s direct flight.

But what about other newrby airports, especially in Scandinavia?

Nope, still not cheaper… Both Copenhagen or Stockholm to Singapore via London with Norwegian Air is at cheapest 480 Euros in the lowest fare.

While there are several options, including Qatar Airways – well known for it’s great service and catering in economy class, available for 420 Euros. 

It is clear that Norwegian Air is really not pressuring the market with real “low cost” prices on their new route from London to Singapore, perhaps the price will drop even further in future, when they realize low demand with current pricing.