Norwegian Air Shuttle plans to launch a new 2X-weekly London Gatwick-Tampa, Florida service from Oct. 31, and will increase frequencies on other routes in its long-haul winter schedule from Gatwick.  

The low-cost long-haul carrier—which has been the subject of bid speculation in recent weeks after interest from IAG (which already owns a 4.6% stake), Lufthansa and others—said its winter schedule would include a daily service to Fort Lauderdale, up from three flights a week.

Norwegian’s Orlando service will move to 4X-weekly flights from three, while its London Gatwick-Buenos Aires flight will operate daily, up from four times a week “in response to strong demand.”

Norwegian started flights to Buenos Aires in February. CEO Bjørn Kjos said last week on the sidelines of the Paris Air Forum that the airline expected to begin domestic operations in Argentina in October, after it obtained an air operator’s certificate (AOC) for its domestic subsidiary in January.

The airline, which operates long-haul flights from London Gatwick with Boeing 787s, will also offer three weekly flights to Las Vegas and a daily flight to Boston.

Norwegian is the second largest long-haul airline at Gatwick with 13 direct long-haul destinations. For winter 2018 the airline will serve 11 routes to the USA including the new addition of Tampa.

The winter schedule will also include a third daily service to New York’s JFK airport, which Norwegian announced recently.

Notably, London Gatwick to Chicago will be reduced to four weekly flights from a daily service and Oakland, San Francisco to three from four per week. Routes to Austin and Seattle will become seasonal from Oct. 28.

Helen Massy-Beresford helen.massy-beresford@aviationweek.co.uk