Belfast Telegraph

Budget carrier to offer flights to the US for under £60

By Ravender Sembhy

Airline Norwegian is finalising plans to launch ultra-low cost flights from the UK and Ireland for as little at £56 to New York as it ramps up the pressure on its rivals.

The carrier, which already offers one-way fares from Britain to the US from £135, is expected to slash prices further next summer in a bid to shake up the transatlantic airline market. The company will use fuel-efficient aircraft to lay on flights from Edinburgh, Cork and Shannon to secondary airports in New York and Boston, where airport charges are cheaper.

The company said: "We are working on plans for new transatlantic routes from Edinburgh and Ireland which we expect to launch in 2017.

"A key part of our plans are to make sure they are truly affordable, allowing as many people as possible to fly.

"A number of airports are being looked at while we finalise our plans but smaller airports in the US present us with an opportunity to offer some ground-breaking fares to passengers in the UK, Ireland and the US."

The move will see it take on the likes of British Airways, which flies a number of transatlantic routes.

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