Dirt-cheap flights to Europe are now a reality


Green Airport in Providence, R.I., and Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn., will be able to fly Norwegian's Boeing 737 MAX service to Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom starting on June 15.

Norwegian Airlines announced this morning at TF Green Airport that it will begin service from Rhode Island to Ireland airports in Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh and Shannon this summer, creating more than 150 U.S.jobs and providing Rhode Islanders year-round access to the Emerald Isle at a $65 introductory one-way rate, then $99 one-way, including tax, thereafter.

The direct service from Bradley is to Edinburgh.

In December, European budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA announced plans to setup US bases, including one at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh. Our new, non-stop service will enable tens of thousands of new travelers to fly between the continents much more affordably.

The low-priced airline will launch 10 new routes with 38 new weekly transatlantic flights this summer from Edinburgh, Belfast, Cork, Shannon and Dublin. This compares to one-way NY to Dublin air ticket prices of about $655 to just over $2,755 being offered by other airlines for mid-June, online travel website Expedia shows.

Passengers have the option to receive additional savings by bundling a seat reservation, pre-ordering a meal service (including alcoholic beverages) and prepaying for checked luggage.

Norwegian Air is expanding its network to the U.S. after receiving approval from the regulators in December for its Irish subsidiary Norwegian Air International to operate routes across the Atlantic. "The MAX is a new aircraft for Boeing so they need to get certification to fly further", he said.

More details should be announced in the very near future. We have all this in place so we can offer the lowest fares.

Norwegian and WOW Air have been in a battle to offer the cheapest transatlantic flights this year.

The airline will fly 24 times a week from Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Shannon to the northeastern USA from July to October, when it will cut the frequency of its services for winter.

Norwegian lost no time after getting the go-ahead for flights between Ireland and the United States of America in announcing a twice weekly service from Shannon. Days of operations will change between the summer 2017 and the winter 2017/2018 winter season.

The move is part of Norwegian Air Shuttle's drive to expand its transatlantic services after receiving approval late previous year for its Irish subsidiary to operate the routes.

Flights to Dublin and Belfast will be offered starting July 1 and Shannon July 2.

"It's a big catchment area that these three airports cover", Norwegian's senior vice president of sales Lars Sande told Bloomberg in a phone interview. The summer season ends October 28, and the 2017-18 winter season begins October 29. Spirit will also commence daily nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport June 15.

Norwegian Air - like US airlines Spirit and Frontier - boasts an "ultra low-cost" business model, with cheap base fares, but charge extra for everything, including baggage, meals, extra legroom, and an advance seat assignment.

Norwegian already operates low-priced flights to eight major U.S. cities from London Gatwick.



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