Austin gets a nonstop flight to Paris on Norwegian

Oct 24, 2019

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Low-budget carrier Norwegian is adding nonstop service between Paris and Austin, the first connection to Paris for the fast-growing Texas airport.

The carrier will operate a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner three times weekly beginning May 6, 2020, and twice-weekly starting September 25, 2020 from Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to AUS. The news was first reported by Routes Online.

The carrier already operates an Austin to London Gatwick (LGW) route that launched in 2018. The Paris route can be booked directly on Norwegian’s website, with fares hovering around $250 one-way and $470 round-trip.

The cheapest tickets are in the airline’s LowFare class, which includes very little aside from the actual flight and hand luggage. If you want more flexibility, you may want to consider booking a LowFare+ ticket, which includes advance seat selection, a free checked bag and onboard meals. You’ll pay to make changes to your ticket regardless of which fare class you book, unless you book a Flex or PremiumFlex ticket.

Norwegian’s 787-9, while not offering a true business class, does have a premium cabin, which looks and feels very much like premium economy does on a full-service airline and was reviewed favorably by our global news editor Emily Mcnutt. Seats are laid out 2-3-2 instead of 3-3-3 in economy, and offer 43 inches of legroom, a major improvement over the tight confines of regular coach seats.

This is the latest in major news from the airline in recent days. JetBlue and Norwegian last week announced plans to enter into a partnership that would allow them to sell connecting seats onto each other’s flights, as TPG’s Ben Mutzabaugh reported. The two carriers says they’ve signed a Letter of Intent for an interline agreement that would “allow customers to combine low fares in a convenient single booking for connecting flights between the Americas and Europe.”

Norwegian Air flies to over 150 destinations worldwide, several in the U.S., including New York (JFK), Newark (EWR) and Los Angeles (LAX).

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