Budget travelers have a new reason to rejoice – Norwegian Air has announced $70 flights between the US and five UK and Irish cities.
The low-cost airline has announced ten new routes and 38 weekly transatlantic flights between Edinburgh, Belfast, Cork, Shannon and Dublin to the greater New York, Boston and New England areas – at a price of just £69 or €69, or about USD $70. The flights will head from the Irish and UK cities to smaller airports along the US East Coast, such as Stewart International Airport, Providence Airport, and Bradley International Airport. While the airports are outside of the major metropolitan areas, the significantly lower landing charges allow for the low ticket prices.
While the airline notes that the airports still offer good access to the New York, Boston and New England areas, travellers will have to go a bit of a distance to get to major centres. Stewart International is located in New York State and is 90 minutes away from New York City. Providence, Rhode Island is 90 minutes from Boston and near to New England holiday destinations like Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Bradley International is located in Connecticut and is two hours from New York City and Boston.
Flights will leave twice daily from Edinburgh, Scotland to all three of the American airports starting on 15 June, with fares beginning at £69. Starting on 1 July, Norwegian will launch the first direct transatlantic flights from Belfast, Northern Ireland, to two of the airports. The flights from three Irish cities – Cork, Dublin and Shannon – will also launch on 1 July, with prices starting at €69 one-way.
The new routes will operate on brand new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. According to a statement, Norwegian is the European launch customer for this “state-of-the-art new aircraft”, which offers “a longer range and greater seat capacity than existing single-aisle aircraft”. However, it’s unlikely that there will be many perks on the bare-bones flights, and hot and cold food must be purchased onboard.
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