I recently booked a return flight to Madrid. The outbound flight from London Gatwick was very competitively priced with Norwegian Air. It cost a little under £40 for my flight early in September.
Booking the Flight
I booked the flight via Skyscanner. A number of flight choices were available from London Gatwick to Madrid. Simply choose the airline, flight times and cost that suits you best. As I was staying for 2 nights, I wanted to maximise my time in Madrid. I therefore chose a 6.40am outbound flight with Norwegian Air and a 6:30pm inbound flight with Iberia.
I selected one of the aisle seats at the time of booking. I prefer this option as a solo traveller so that if I need to leave my seat, I do not have to disturb others, especially if they are sleeping. The seats on the flight were very comfortable.
I prefer to check in online 24 hours before a flight but on this occasion I did not. On arrival, the check-in procedure was straightforward. I arrived 2 hours before the flight and there were only 3 people in the queue in front of me. The member of staff I dealt with at the check in desk was very polite and friendly. He informed me that the flight wasn’t too busy with 82 spare seats onboard.
I was advised that European flights with Norwegian Air are one class only, so no upgrades were available. Apparently upgrades were only available on flights to the United States.
Food and Drink
Food and drink is available to purchase onboard with a visa/mastercard only. Cash is not accepted onboard. There are a choice of drinks and snacks such as crisps, muffins and chocolate bars. I ordered a coffee, but it was very strong. Even with 4 sachets of milk I couldn’t drink it. Don’t order coffee if you like it weak or milky!
There were a few minor things which could have made the flight a little better in my opinion…
- Head rests didn’t adjust
- No screens for entertainment
- No blankets are provided
However as the flight was very cost effective and was only 2 hours and 15 minutes, none of the above was too much of a concern. However, I would recommend bringing a neck pillow if you plan on trying to sleep, a book/your own form of entertainment and wear/pack an extra layer just in case it becomes chilly!
On the whole, it was a great flight with professional and friendly members of staff. I would definitely travel with Norweigan Airlines again.
Suggested Further reading:
Solo in Madrid – Ideas of things to do, hotels and restaurants
Restaurants in Madrid – restaurant ideas for solo dining
Solo Travel Destinations – places I can recommend travelling to alone