Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) has announced it has acquired twenty-eight additional weekly slots at London Gatwick Airport from Lithuanian ACMI/charter specialist Small Planet Airlines (S5, Vilnius).

The Scandinavian LCC said in a statement the transaction, whose value was not disclosed, would enable it to expand its offerings from the UK capital gateway during the Summer 2018 season.

“London Gatwick is at the heart of our global growth ambitions so securing these crucial new slots will allow us to offer our passengers even more new routes, additional flights and affordable fares," Norwegian Chief Commercial Officer Thomas Ramdahl said. "Together with the launch of new routes to Argentina, Chicago O'Hare and Austin Bergstrom Int'l in 2018, gaining extra capacity at London Gatwick is another huge boost as we get ready for our biggest ever year in the UK.”

For the week ending December 24, the ch-aviation capacity module shows Norwegian (inclusive of its Norwegian Air International and Norwegian UK units) is Gatwick's third largest carrier by weekly capacity controlling 11.78% (52,224 seats/week) of the market. In terms of destinations, the trio of carriers serves various markets across Scandinavia, Spain, the United States, Singapore Changi, and eventually, Argentina.