Transatlantic budget carrier Norse Atlantic Airways is to open two services between London Gatwick and Florida in May.

The airline says it will operate to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale from 25 and 26 May respectively.

Norse Atlantic will serve Orlando four-times weekly, before increasing the frequency to daily for the summer peak.

The Fort Lauderdale flights will initially be thrice-weekly rising to four-times weekly.

Norse Atlantic already operates to New York JFK from the UK capital airport, a connection which began in August last year.

The airline uses a fleet of Boeing 787s. It will operate the new US flights with its Norse Atlantic UK division.

Norse Atlantic chief Bjorn Tore Larsen says the airline aims to disclose more routes shortly and serve more US destinations from Gatwick than any other carrier.

Its planned expansion will ”lead to a substantial increase of the airline’s presence in the UK”, the company states.

Over the course of January the operator conducted 229 flights, transporting just over 35,000 passengers, with an average load factor of 52%. It also carried out 15 charter flights.

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Source: Norse Atlantic Airways

Norse Atlantic plans to open additional routes from Gatwick