February 23, 2017
Norwegian Air’s $65 Fares Between US-Europe are Live
Straight to the Point
We’ve seen full service international airlines offering sales of around $400 for roundtrip flights between the US and Europe for some time now. Norwegian Air has been teasing insanely low fares for months, and as of today it’s official. You can now book flights from the US to Europe for as low as $65 one way on Norwegian Air!
The following routes will initially be eligible for the $65 one way fare:
- Stewart International, NY (SWF)-Edinburgh (EDI), Belfast (BFS), Dublin (DUB), Shannon (SNN)
- Hartford-Bradley International, CT (BDL)-Edinburgh (EDI)
- Providence, RI (PVD)-Dublin (DUB), Shannon (SNN), Cork (ORK), Belfast (BFS), Edinburgh (EDI)
While you can book flights starting today, the first of these ultra-budget flights launches June 15 between Stewart International and Edinburgh. The remaining flights begin operations between June 15 and early July. You can find full price and timeline breakdowns on Norwegian’s website. The insane $65 one-way fares are in introductory fare, so if you want the absolute lowest price you should book asap since we don’t know how long these fares will last. Once the introductory fares are gone, the price will increase to a whopping $99! Norwegian’s really breaking the bank here.
Norwegian is able to offer such low fares because it’s selling an absolute bare-bones ticket. All you’re paying for is the seat. Things like seat selection, bag checks, carry-ons, food, and drinks all cost extra. Another factor contributing to the low cost is the obscure airports Norwegian is flying between. These smaller and less populated airports charge much lower fees and taxes for the airline than larger commercial airports like New York, JFK or Boston, Logan. And all three of these airports are within one hour driving distance of major cities, which makes them easily accessible travelers. Norwegian is passing those cost savings to its customers in the form of sub-$100 tickets!
Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos released the following statement today:
“We are pleased to announce our new highly anticipated transatlantic routes. Our new, nonstop service will enable tens of thousands of new travelers to fly between the continents much more comfortably and affordably. Norwegian’s latest transatlantic offering is not only great news for the traveling public, but also for the local US economies, as we will bring more tourists that will increase spending, consequently creating thousands of new local jobs.”
These new routes will all be serviced by Norwegian’s brand new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The planes consist of 189 economy class seats in a 3-3 configuration and don’t have a premium economy, business, or first class option. Everything about these planes is built around moving people as cheaply and efficiently as possible.
Competition is amazing. Airlines used to charge thousands for flights between the US and Europe and now, fares are continuing to collapse as they have been for the past few years. Fuel prices have come down drastically and low-cost carriers like Wow air and Norwegian have been thinking of ever more creative ways to cut costs and push down prices.
At an introductory price of $65, or even $99 once the promo ends, huge numbers of people will be able travel across continents and that’s a great thing! This will just push other airlines to keep innovating to compete in the marketplace-great news for consumers.