United Kingdom
South East; Surrey; East and West Sussex
Location of affected unit(s)
London Gatwick Airport
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Air Transport
51.10 - Passenger air transport

1,100 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 January 2021
Employment effect (start)
14 January 2021
Foreseen end date


Norwegian Air UK, the subsidiary of Norway-based budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle, has announced that it had initiated an insolvency process to close its long-haul flights in the UK, with a loss of 1,100 pilot and cabin crew jobs at Gatwick Airport. In October 2020, Norwegian Air already announced that 259 of these jobs would be cut.

Norwegian Air’s flights between London Gatwick Airport and the US were cancelled in March 2020 and the affected staff have been on paid leave on the UK government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme since then.

The chief executive said the long-haul operations units in the UK, France, Spain, Italy and the US will all close, causing a loss of around 2,000 jobs. The restructuring is due to the fact that this segment of air travel will be slow to recover after the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Before the pandemic, Norwegian Air UK operated 27 routes from London Gatwick to locations in Norway, Sweden, the Baltic States, Poland and the US.



Eurofound (2021), Norwegian Air UK, Bankruptcy in United Kingdom, factsheet number 103299, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/103299.