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We review a flight with Norwegian Air from Manchester to Malaga

The airline Norwegian is a relative newcomer to the short-haul market in the UK. But it is a big player worldwide, flying 500 routes.

From the UK, it now carries over five million passengers a year from London Gatwick, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester airports to 50 destinations worldwide.

We flew with the airline for the first time from Manchester to Malaga and were very impressed.

The booking process

The website and booking process is straightforward with the usual options on baggage.

The lowest fare tickets don’t include a checked bag but higher priced tickets do.

A Norwegian plane takes off – the airline flies 500 routes around the world

In-flight

This is where Norwegian shines. Most of its planes have free Wi-Fi as standard and also give passengers access to some free tv programmes.

There are enough free children’s shows to pass the time on a short-haul flight and there are also television screens above each row showing videos.

Family-friendly

Children aged between two and 11 get a 25 per cent discount on most fares. This is a handy reduction, which is rarely offered these days.

Hand luggage allowances are generous – one standard and one small bag weighing up to 10kgs.

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The planes

Norwegian has some of the newest planes in the world with an average age of less than four years. They are clean and modern on board with decent legroom.

Staff at the airport

One of our flights was full and one fairly quiet so we experienced both extremes. It was a friendly and efficient service, with just a bit of a wait at the passenger boarding bridge to board on the busier flight.

In conclusion

We were really impressed with Norwegian. It didn’t feel like low-cost travel even though the price was good.

For more information visit Norwegian – fares from Manchester to Malaga start from £29.90 per person.

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We flew at a discounted price with Norwegian for the purposes of this review. As always all opinions are our own.

 

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