Norwegian joins UK government roster of preferred airlines to provide discounted air travel

 
Rebecca Smith
The low-cost airline recently announced flights to the US
The low-cost airline recently announced flights to the US (Source: Norwegian)

Low-cost airline Norwegian has been picked as a preferred airline for government business travel.

It has been appointed to the UK government's Crown Air programme in an agreement which should bring in £1m in revenue for Norwegian.

The appointment will mean 300,000 central government employees from 18 departments benefit from reduced fares on all Norwegian flights from London, as well as Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester, over the next two years.

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The discounted fares aim to keep the cost of booking international business travel as low as possible for central government officials.

Dominic Tucker, UK head of sales at Norwegian, said:

Norwegian is one of the go-to airlines in the UK for affordable travel to Europe and the USA and we’re delighted to extend our competitive fares to central government.

This new agreement will help the Crown Air Programme save costs on their budget while receiving high quality travel with Norwegian. We look forward to taking off this new relationship as we continue our significant UK growth.

It joins British names EasyJet and British Airways on the programme, and marks the airline's latest development in the UK.

Europe's third largest low-cost carrier is making strides in Britain and launched more than 10 new routes last year.

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It also announced last month it was expanding its low-cost flights to the USA by more than 50 per cent this summer, announcing a raft of non-stop transatlantic flights from Edinburgh.

Its flights, which will also start in Belfast, Shannon, Cork and Dublin, will serve three destinations on the US east coast, with a focus on smaller US airports.

The airline said the airports offer good access to New York, Boston and New England, but carry significantly lower landing charges meaning Norwegian can offer lower fares.

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