Why pay more than $1,000 to fly to London when you could do it for $65? Sound like some sort of bait and switch? According to this press release from Norwegian Airlines, transatlantic service from the United States to Europe will cost as little as an introductory one-way fare of $65, starting this summer – you can book them now.
Routes will run from Rhode Island’s T.F. Green Airport and Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y. – a smaller hub about 60 miles north of New York City, and Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport near Hartford. Destinations in Ireland and Scotland include Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Edinburgh, and Shannon. In total, the airline will add 10 routes with between one and five flights per week depending on the airport, destination and time of year.
What’s the Catch?
The fares are legit but the $65 fare is an introductory price. According to Norwegian’s Facebook page, it launched more than 7,500 seats at this price but they’re selling rapidly. Prices on its website now show these routes starting at $99 with fares as high as $309 in July.
And yes, Norwegian is a no-frills airline. These prices don’t get you a seat assignment, checked baggage, or much of anything else. The good news – according to the press release, the aircraft of choice are Boeing 737 MAXs – a plane that Boeing first put into service in 2016 so expect to fly on relatively new aircraft if the company holds to its promise.
According to Flightstats, Norwegian ranks in the middle of the pack in reliability with about 27% of its flights delayed at least 15 minutes.
You’re probably not going to lock in that $65 ticket, but even if you pay $200 for a seat, that’s still much cheaper than your cost on a legacy carrier. But beware – that’s a long time to spend on a no-frills aircraft. Don’t expect much in the way of legroom or service for these prices.And do check out the competition once the cheapest prices disappear.