'Cheapest Ever' Flights Get You to Europe for $65
But Norwegian Air will only be offering a limited number of them
By Lilla Ross,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2017 8:54 PM CST
Passengers head to a waiting Norwegian Airlines Boeing 737 at Alta airport in Alta, Norway.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

(Newser) – This could be the summer to go to Europe, so long as you live in the Northeast. Norwegian Air International is launching $65 one-way flights on 10 routes between Europe and the US this summer, using the smaller Boeing 737 Max. There are three points of departure stateside: Bradley International, near Hartford, Conn.; TF Green in Providence, RI; and Stewart International, which Bloomberg notes is about 60 miles north of Manhattan. The available destinations vary by airport, but include Edinburgh, Scotland; and Belfast, Cork, Dublin, and Shannon Airport in Ireland. Flights begin in June, and when it comes to what Norwegian calls the "cheapest Transatlantic flights ever," Reuters reports that the number of promotional $65 legs is "extremely limited"; they don't include basics like a meal or a seat reservation. The next fares begin at $99.

Reuters took a look at Expedia and found that a one-way ticket from New York to Dublin on other airlines currently ranges from $655 to $2,755. Among the factors keeping Norwegian's costs down: lower fees charged by the selected airports as compared to more sizable international departure points. But industry critics take issue with Norwegian Air International being the Irish subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA; its US competitors have lobbed accusations that the company is trying to sidestep Scandinavian labor and safety rules. At Skift, Brian Sumers wonders if the demand from these smaller airports will be adequate, but points out the narrow-bodied, single-aisle 737 Max is full once it has 189 passengers, a much lower threshold than Norwegian's Boeing 787-9s' 344 seats.

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