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You will be able to fly from the US to Europe's top cities for under $250 next year

Norwegian Airlines has announced plans to expand its network of long-haul flights from the United States to select European cities in 2018, in a move that sees the airline working to establish affordable offers for prospective travellers in the New Year.

Norwegian will introduce flights to Amsterdam from New York City in 2018.
Norwegian will introduce flights to Amsterdam from New York City in 2018. Image by Nattawit Sreerung/EyeEm/Getty Images

The expansion will see four new routes being created between Europe and the US, with Norwegian offering flights from New York City and Los Angeles to Madrid, New York City to Amsterdam and Los Angeles to Milan, bringing the total number of nonstop transatlantic routes between the US and Europe offered by the airline to 61. In order to facilitate growth at Los Angeles International Airport, Norwegian also announced that it will open a fourth American crew base with 150 cabin crew members during the first quarter of 2018.

The airline will also operated flights from Los Angeles to madrid next year.
The airline will also operate flights from Los Angeles to Madrid next year. Image by S-F/Shutterstock

Service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Madrid-Barajas Airport will launch in July 2018, operating three times per week, while service to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport will launch in May 2018, operating four times per week. Economy launch fares to Amsterdam and Madrid from New York City start from $199 (€170) and $229 (€195) one-way, respectively, including taxes, while fares from Los Angeles to both Madrid and Milan start from $229 (€195) one-way including taxes. “2017 has been a year of exponential growth for Norwegian in Europe and the United States. Next year, we will continue our long-haul expansion by offering passengers easy and affordable connections between the US and some of Europe’s most exciting cities,” said Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos.

The airline also announced that it will open a fourth American crew base with 150 cabin crew members during the first quarter of 2018.
The airline also announced that it will open a fourth American crew base with 150 cabin crew members during the first quarter of 2018. Image by Norwegian / CC BY 2.0

Norwegian currently operates from 13 US airports, servicing Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean. Upcoming launches from the US include San Francisco to Rome, New York to Paris and Chicago to London.