Budget airline Norwegian Airways to offer New York flights from UK for £56

The new flights will be available from summer 2017

Norwegian Air will offer direct flights to New York from Edinburgh next summer
Norwegian Air will offer direct flights to New York from Edinburgh next summer

Flights between Britain and the US for less than £60 are set to be introduced in the new year, the chief executive of low-cost carrier Norwegian Airways has said.

Budget airline Norwegian Airways is to launch a one way fare from Edinburgh to secondary airports in New York from the UK for just £56 from summer 2017.

The sharp 50 per cent price drop would make them the cheapest transatlantic tickets on the market.

Jet could travel from London to New York in two hours via space

Bjorn Kjos, the chief executive of the low-cost carrier, told the i newspaper that the airline, which is headquartered in Oslo, is investing in new aircraft that is cheaper to run and more fuel efficient.

“Our planes are very, very fuel efficient. We have a totally different set up to other airlines,” Mr Kjos said.

“The Boeing 737MAX has a very modern engine, which means it can go for a longer distance. We’ll also be flying to secondary airports in New York (not JFK). That means we don’t pay as much and can charge cheaper fares”, he added.

Although, the airline has a UK base at Gatwick airport the new low-cost flights will only be available from Edinburgh.

Passengers will also have to pay for extras such as check-in luggage and meals.

Norwegian currently operates services twice a day from Gatwick to New York with prices starting from £125 for a single journey.

It also offers direct services to Florida, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Last month, it launched flights to Las Vegas for less than £400 return.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in