Low-cost air carrier offers $65 trip to Europe

Low-cost airline Norwegian Air announced it will offer 10 new routes and 38 transatlantic flights between European cities to New York, Boston and New England areas.

The company announced it was introducing flights this summer from Edinburgh, Belfast, Cork, Shannon and Dublin — and these flights will serve smaller U.S. airports in New York, Boston and New England areas. The smaller airports carry lower landing charges and allow the airline to offer affordable fares, according to a company statement.

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One-way flights bound for Europe started at $65 for the first 10,000 seats, but were quickly selling out last week. Once the introductory phase is over, flights will cost $99 and up.

Norwegian will add new flight crew bases and plans to hire pilots and flight attendants at Rhode Island’s T.F. Green Airport and Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, about 60 miles north of New York City. Year-round flights from those airports to Edinburgh, Scotland, begin in June, and to four airports in Ireland and Northern Ireland in July.

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The transatlantic routes will operate on a new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and passengers will be able to travel in economy cabins with hot and cold food options available for purchase.

Norwegian carries 4.5 million passengers in the United Kingdom every year, and first introduced low-cost, long-haul flights back in 2014.


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