AUSTIN – Norwegian Airlines will begin nonstop service between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and London’s Gatwick Airport next spring.

Norwegian, which is billing itself as the “world’s fastest-growing airline,” will begin the three-times-per-week flights on March 27, 2018. Fares will start at $249 each way from Austin.

“We’re very excited to bring the Norwegian experience to Austin,” said Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos in a statement. “This city makes perfect sense as our first entry into the Lone Star state. Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in America, which perfectly fits Norwegian, being the world’s fastest-growing airline. We see great opportunities with our new route, both in terms of lowering trans-Atlantic fares for Austinites and bringing more tourists and business travelers to the region, which will help support thousands of local jobs.”

Norwegian's website indicates the flights will be on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Flights will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing from London-Gatwick at 10 a.m. and arriving in Austin at 2:20 p.m. Flights heading to London will depart at 4:20 p.m. and arrive at 7:20 a.m. the following morning.

Norwegian also announced nonstop service between Gatwick and Chicago O’Hare on Wednesday. That service will be offered four times per week, starting March 25. Tickets for that route will start at $174 each way.

KVUE’s partners at USA TODAY report Norwegian currently flies to multiple U.S. airports from Barcelona, Copenhagen, London Gatwick, Paris, Oslo, Rome and Stockholm.

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