Budget Airline Releases Budget Fare From Singapore To London
Travellers in Singapore seem to have quite a love affair with London. In 2016 alone , over 1.2 million passengers flew between England’s capital city and our island — the 14th-busiest route at Changi Airport.
If you’re one of those people, you’ll be happy to know that budget airline Norwegian, the 3rd-largest low-cost carrier in Europe will be launching a direct route connecting the two cities starting from September.
And it’ll only cost $199 for an economy class ticket, including applicable fees and taxes.
Cheap, Cheap, Cheap
However, if you want to feel more comfortable on a flight expected to last over 13 hours, you can opt for the premium-class seats, with prices starting from $839.
Before you get too excited, do note that unless you intend to stay in London for good, the return flight back to Singapore will be more expensive — an economy and premium-class ticket is going to set you back by at least $320 and $1,250 respectively. (S$1 = £0.56).
Still fairly cheaper than many airlines though.
And note that the flight will land at London’s Gatwick Airport, instead of the more popular — and crowded — Heathrow Airport.
According to Changi Airport Group, the airline plans to start with with four flights per week, increasing it to five during the October – March period.
Up to 300 seats are up for grabs per flight.
Here’s the planned schedule:
|Days of Operation||Flight No.||Route||Scheduled Departure (Local Time)||Scheduled Arrival (Local Time)|
|Tuesday||DI7408||Singapore Changi – London Gatwick||0850||1530|
|Wednesday||DI7410||Singapore Changi – London Gatwick||2340||0620 +1|
|Friday||DI7408||Singapore Changi – London Gatwick||0845||1525|
|Friday||DI7408||Singapore Changi – London Gatwick||0815||1455|
|Sunday||DI7410||Singapore Changi – London Gatwick||2340||0620 +1|
|Days of operation||Flight No.||Route||Scheduled Departure (Local Time)||Scheduled Arrival (Local Time)|
|Monday||DI7407||London Gatwick – Singapore Changi||1030||0615+1|
|Tuesday||DI7409||London Gatwick – Singapore Changi||2230||1815+1|
|Thursday||DI7407||London Gatwick – Singapore Changi||1030||0615+1|
|Saturday||DI7409||London Gatwick – Singapore Changi||2230||1815+1|
Despite the $199 fare leading to concerns about the quality of the flight in terms of service and safety, passengers can feel relieved knowing that Norwegian has been awarded the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline by Skytrax for two straight years now.
The carrier appears to be experienced in handling long-haul flights as well, having operated nine of them prior to their expansion into Singapore. One of which is the hugely popular transatlantic service between the United Kingdom and the United States, with prices starting from a jaw-dropping $100.
Following Norwegian’s entry into Singapore, there will officially be 50 weekly flights from Singapore to London.
On the increased choices for travellers due to the added route, Norwegian chief executive Bjorn Kjos said:
Travel should be affordable for all so adding Singapore to our growing UK network will give passengers even more choice for affordable, quality travel to a range of global destinations.
Could the Scandinavian airline spearhead a chain of events that lead to other operators decreasing their prices on the same flight route?
One thing’s for sure — we’ll definitely consider getting a ticket once the airline begins its operations.