- Norse Atlantic Airways has received approval for scheduled flights to Las Vegas, becoming the third carrier to connect the UK to Sin City.
- The airline has expanded its fleet to 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and currently serves six US destinations.
- Las Vegas has seen an increase in international flights as airlines recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, with Canadian carriers having the largest market share.
According to slot documentation released by London Gatwick Airport today, Norse Atlantic Airways may soon have scheduled flights to Las Vegas.
Launching another US route
Airports work on slot systems, which are permissions granted by the airport operator for an airline to land or take off at a specific time, ensuring efficient operations. Though not all airports work with slots, the busiest ones, like London Gatwick Airport, typically do. As airline schedules change, slot approvals change, and several times a year, London Gatwick releases its report of slot approvals and changes.
Taking a look at how airport slots are allocated.
Today, the allotted slot report for Summer 2024 (March 26 – October 28) was released, and in it is the approval for Norse Atlantic to launch flights to Harry Reid International Airport. The low-cost carrier launched in 2021 and, since then, has expanded its fleet to 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Its United States network has grown to six destinations following the recent cut of flights from San Francisco. And now, Las Vegas is set to become the seventh.
According to Norse’s route map on its website, it flies to New York City, Boston, Washington (Dulles), Miami, Orlando, and Los Angeles. All six destinations are served from London Gatwick, in addition to some from Oslo, Berlin, and Paris, and a recently announced route from Athens to New York City.
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Cirium data shows that in April, the first full month of the IATA summer season, Norse Atlantic has 507 flights scheduled between its Norwegian and English (UK) branches. Using its fleet of 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the low-cost carrier has over 171,000 seats available in April, to the US, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Other UK flights to Las Vegas
When Norse begins flying to Las Vegas, it will become the third carrier to connect the UK to Sin City. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways currently fly to Las Vegas, with BA now operating two routes, one from Heathrow Airport and the other from Gatwick Airport. Between the two airlines, there are 162 flights scheduled in April, totaling nearly 50,000 seats. From Heathrow, BA deploys the Airbus A350-1000, while the Boeing 777-200ERs operate the Gatwick route. Virgin Atlantic uses its Boeing 787-9s with 258 seats.
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International connectivity to Sin City
International flights to Las Vegas have expanded as airlines continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Cirium, there are 1,972 international flights at Harry Reid International Airport in April, operated by 17 airlines.
Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet has the largest market share of the international carriers, with more than 26%. Of the 1,972 flights, 520 are WestJet’s. Air Canada is the second-largest operator at LAS, with 300 flights in April. No American carrier is in the top five airlines by number of flights, as none of the ‘Big Three’ have hubs in Las Vegas, and Alaska Airlines operates the only international route.