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Norwegian Airlines Dreamliner
NEW Direct Flight From SeaTac Airport to Gatwick Airport
Now, you might be asking why Norwegian Airlines is important to Small Town Washington & Beyond? If you don’t know already know, the airline now has a direct flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to London Gatwick Airport in England. It’s got me dreaming of all the small towns to explore!
Where the Heck is Gatwick Airport?
For those unfamiliar with Gatwick Airport, it is about a 1.20-hour drive from London. The train ride from the airport to central London is 30 minutes. If you have questions on how to get to and from Gatwick the airport has a handy journey planner on their website. If you plan to rent a car, Auto Europe works with all major car rental companies to get the best deals. And, they have a UK Road Trip Guide!
Yes! A Direct Flight from SEA to LGW!
The direct SEA-LGW route started in 2017, and pricing for flights starts around USD $200 for a one-way ticket. The total flight time is around 9.5 hours. If you haven’t flown Norwegian before, they are a budget airline with different fare levels. The lowest and most economical fare doesn’t include meals, checked bags or a seat reservation, just to name a few. They also have Lowfare+, Flex, Premium, and Premium Flex.
If you are interested in seeing the price difference, once you select dates, you’ll get the cost breakdown and services for each fare. At that point, you’ll have the chance to upgrade. That, of course, comes with a price.
What’s Up With Norwegian Airlines Premium Seating?
As someone whose husband is over six feet tall, cramped quarters on planes always causes issues. He is never comfortable and has a hard time sleeping. Even me, who is 5’6″, feels like a sardine packed into a tin can. Norwegians new premium seating offers passengers a more comfortable alternative. It is touted as “Premium class without the premium price tag.”
What does premium seating offer?
- Seat pitch is up to 55″ inches with a recline of 10″
- Complimentary 3-course meal
- Complimentary drinks (pre-departure and throughout the flight)
- Touch-screen entertainment systems
- Seat reservation
- Checked baggage
- USB charger and power outlet
- FastTrack expedited security (where available)
- Lounge access at certain airports
They are working on getting WiFi on the planes. Over the next several years, they will be rolling out 200 airplanes and adding more flight times.
What Should I Choose? Premium Class vs. Economy Class?
I tested out both areas and right from the start the obvious winner is premium class. It is wider and longer and overall more comfortable. I could even put my legs all the way out! Another nice feature is that each chair also has their own leg rest with a place to put your feet.
But, as with all comforts on airplanes, you pay for them. On my airline ticket search, the cost difference ended up being around USD $370 for premium seating (one-way). If you find a ticket for USD $200 and add-on premium, you’re looking at around a USD $670 ticket!
That leads to the question – is it really worth the upgrade?
Passengers who need extra space or have extra cash to be more comfortable on their flight will want to consider premium seating. If I could afford additional space on every flight, I know I’d opt for this section. For budget travelers, I’d recommend the economy seating and then consider upgrading to the Lowfare+ which is around a USD $90 upgrade. This upgrade will get you meals and a seat reservation.
And, if you are flying economy, I have a tip. Choose seats in the front of the economy section. This section only has a few rows, which is separated from the rest of the cabin, and quieter.
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Get to Your Plane by Bus
Another aspect of flying Norwegian Airlines out of SeaTac Airport you should know about is that it doesn’t have a terminal (this might change in the future). All passengers get to the plane by bus, and you walk up a covered stair ramp to get inside the airplane. Keep that in mind when taking carry on luggage and considering what to bring on the plane with you, like a jacket.