A low-cost airline has pledged to fly to more US destinations from Gatwick.
Orse Atlantic Airways announced that its UK subsidiary has been given the green light to operate point-to-point flights between West Sussex Airport and the United States.
The company said the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed giving it a foreign carrier permit.
Norse flew between Gatwick and New York in August, return flights are available from £255.
However, due to air traffic regulations, it is forced to offer a connection to Norway for every flight.
The US approval will allow the company to operate flights to and from the UK without connecting to Norway, paving the way for the expansion of its route network.
This could see Norse launching flights between Gatwick and US locations like Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from late March 2023.
Norse said the DOT has determined that its subsidiary Norse Atlantic UK is a “financially and operationally sound company” and it is in the interests of US citizens to allow it to serve the country.
This milestone is a major step in creating competition in the transatlantic marketplaceBjorn Tore Larsen, Norse Atlantic Airways
An operating license was issued by the British Civil Aviation Authority last month.
Björn Tore Larsen, Chief Executive of the Nordlanders, said: “We are very grateful for the support we have received on both sides of the Atlantic throughout our bid.
“This milestone represents a major step in creating competition in the transatlantic marketplace that benefits consumers, boosts business travel and creates jobs.
“We’re excited to continue delivering on our promise to democratize transatlantic travel, and we look forward to expanding our point-to-point route network between London Gatwick and the US as part of our summer 2023 schedule.”
Norse’s first flight was from Oslo to New York in June.
It has a fleet of 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
The airline hopes to succeed where Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) failed.
NAS operated low-fare transatlantic flights, but suspended its long-haul operations in January 2021 due to heavy losses.
It was founded by Bjorn Kjos, who stepped down as CEO in July 2019 and holds a minority stake in Norse.
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