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Norwegian continues to offer some staggeringly good fares if you’re looking for direct flights between London and Singapore. The real bargain at the moment are the one-way fares from Singapore to London Gatwick, starting at just ~£85 ($149.90 Singapore Dollars):
£85 for a 14 hour flight is almost unbelievable, even in the current low-fare market.
To get the lowest fares from Singapore, you need to book through Norwegian’s Singaporean site here. Availability is patchy but can be found for much of the year, with plenty of slightly more expensive (~£110) dates also available.
As regards getting to Singapore, the current fares are good but not quite in the same league – starting at £179.90:
Remember to book flights from London through Norwegian’s UK site here.
In total then, the two one-way tickets would set you back about £265, which is obviously very good for direct flights to Singapore and back.
Can’t I just book a Return?
Of course – but it will cost more and there’s not really much point.
I priced up a Return on the UK site and it ended up costing about £70 more, so I’d recommend taking the extra 2 minutes to book separately and save yourself some cash.
You could also use Avios or other Miles to fly Business/First Class on the outbound to Singapore and then get the cheap Norwegian flight home. That could work particularly well in this example as the Singapore – London flights are in the daytime, which is definitely my preference when it comes to long-haul Economy.
Is Norwegian any good?
Yep – I’d just as happily fly with Norwegian in Economy (particularly on the 787s they use on this route) as most other carriers (with a couple of honourable exceptions like Singapore Airlines maybe). You have to pay for food and drink and checked luggage if you want to take a suitcase, but the fees are reasonable, the planes are new and the crews tend to be pretty good.
There is also one key advantage to flying Norwegian long-haul: really cheap extra legroom seats:
Even on the Singapore route you can snag an exit row for about £25, which works out at less than £2 per hour of flying and really can make a difference if you’re tall.
I’ve flown long haul with Norwegian quite a few times now and whenever the price is right will happily continue to do so. Remember to factor any additional fees you might pay on Norwegian though when comparing fares with those offered by ‘full service’ carriers, so it’s a fair comparison.