Norwegian Grows Its East-Coast Route Network — Fares Starting at $69 One-Way
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Update 12/13/16: A company called OSM Aviation is advertising flight attendant positions to be based in Providence, Rhode Island (PVD), so it’s now clear that Providence is the “greater Boston area airport” of choice.
Earlier this week, we told you that low-cost carrier Norwegian Air got permission to fly transatlantic routes from Cork, Ireland (ORK). Well, now we also know that the carrier is continuing to expand its presence in the US with a new destination in Newburgh, New York, at Stewart International Airport (SWF). In addition, Norwegian announced that it hopes to continue expanding its network in the Northeast to Portsmouth, New Hampshire (PSM); Providence, Rhode Island (PVD); or Bradley/Hartford, Connecticut (BDL).
The new city on Norwegian’s route map, Newburgh, will house two Boeing 737 aircraft, which will serve its transatlantic routes beginning in mid-2017. Exact routes have yet to be announced, but Norwegian did say that it will offer introductory launch fares from $69 one-way and round-trip fares will generally hover around the $300-$350 mark.
It’s not yet clear what the next “secondary” airport will be for Norwegian in the Northeast region — PSM, PVD or BDL. But we do know that the carrier is planning to add a destination in the greater Boston area. We also don’t yet know which European destinations these cities will operate between, but the airline also said that it plans to offer the same low introductory fares as seen with Newburgh.
The addition of these smaller cities is a huge boost for Norwegian. The low-cost carrier is constantly expanding its mark in the US with new destinations, including adding flights from Newark (EWR) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL), which both offer nonstop service to Europe. However, unlike most of its transatlantic routes that are serviced by new 787 Dreamliners, these new routes will be serviced by 737s. In June 2017, the carrier is planning to take delivery of six new 737-MAX aircraft, which are capable of long-haul routes from the East Coast to the UK.
Although Norwegian is a low-cost carrier, its product is comparable to that you’d find with many of the legacy US carriers. Both TPG himself and TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig flew Norwegian’s Premium product and enjoyed it, and its economy product is also known to be pretty enjoyable.