Norse Atlantic Airways has been granted authorisation to operate transatlantic services with its UK division.
The airline will be able to serve US cities from London Gatwick as a result of the regulatory decision by the US Department of Transportation.
Norse Atlantic UK has already been awarded an air operator’s certificate by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
The US regulator has granted clearance under the US-UK air transport agreement of 2020.
It states that the carrier anticipates commencing US flights later this year, using eight Boeing 787-9s.
Among the initial planned destinations from Gatwick are New York, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago Rockford and Baltimore-Washington.
“This milestone represents a huge step in creating competition in the transatlantic market that will benefit consumers, stimulate business travel and lead to job creation,” says Norse Atlantic chief Bjorn Tore Larsen.
He says the carrier will expand the Gatwick network to the USA as part of its summer 2023 schedule.