The U.S. Transportation Department has granted flying rights to Norwegian Air’s Irish unit.
There will be 50% more flights serviced by Norwegian Air Shuttle between the United States and Britain during the summer of 2017. The extra flying rights will allow increased competition on transatlantic routes.
Norwegian Air will take the flights offered between these two countries from 22 to 34. The airline will also offer service twice per day from London’s second-largest airport, Gatwick, to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
The U.S. Transportation Department granting additional flying rights to the Irish unit of the company is what spurred Norwegian Air’s announcement. However, the airline has not said whether or not additional flights will be available as a result.
American Airlines Group, Delta Air Lines, and British Airways have found great success in providing transportation along transatlantic routes. However, budget airlines such as Norwegian Air are holding their own against the airline giants.
Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian Air’s CEO, stated that “our U.S. flights are more popular than ever and customer demand shows low-cost long-haul flights are here to stay.”
According to Norwegian Air, its flights in January to the U.S. only cost 135 pounds ($171.56) for an economy seat. Comparatively, British Airways offered flights that cost 481 pounds per ticket.
Airlines competing with Norwegian have tried many tactics to win back their customers, such as redesigning cabins and offering cheaper travel fares.
Norwegian Air already offers flights to New York and other cities in the United States, but could not do much to expand globally until its Irish unit was finally given EU aviation rights that allowed it to broaden the travel routes that it offers. For more information regarding budget airlines, [Click Here].
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