Norwegian Airlines’ first direct flight to salsa capital San Juan in Puerto Rico took off last week and passengers got a “Strictly” style send off as Bruce and his Puerto Rican wife surprised them while the waited to board the airplane.The direct flight is the first direct service to the capital in nearly a decade.
Norwegian is Europe’s third largest low cost carrier and the airline says it will operate two flights a week from London Gatwick to San Juan in new Dreamliner planes, to make the trip even more comfortable.
Sir Bruce’s wife is the only Puerto Rican to win Miss World and the pair still travel to the country regularly.
Passengers were treated to a special salsa routine by the pair, with dancers performing traditional Puerto Rican moves, to spice things up while passengers waited to board the plane.
Sir Bruce Forsyth said: “Puerto Rico is my second home and the return of direct flights is fantastic news. I enjoyed spending time with passengers flying out for the first time with Norwegian, and look forward to travelling out to visit friends and family this Christmas.”
Puerto Rico is a hot timeshare favourite with both British and US timeshare owners. It offers a superb choice of resorts by the biggest shared ownership brands such as Gran Melia, Hyatt and Wyndham and over the years it has made a name for itself as a new and exciting golf destination.
Lady Wilnelia Forsyth said: “I am delighted that Puerto Rico has a direct link to the UK, and that thousands of British holidaymakers can now easily explore the island for the first time in almost a decade. Puerto Rico offers something for everyone with unspoilt beaches, rainforests, designer shopping outlets and a rich history.”
Norwegian is the third largest airline at London Gatwick, offering flights to 34 destinations including New York, Boston, Berlin and Madrid. The airline also launched two new routes from Birmingham to Tenerife and Gran Canaria this week.
Thomas Ramdahl, Commercial Director for Norwegian, said: “Puerto Rico is our fifth long haul route to launch from London Gatwick in just 18 months and demonstrates the demand for affordable transatlantic flights from the UK. Puerto Rico offers a unique combination of American – Caribbean culture which we expect to prove a hit with British holidaymakers.”