The competition for budget transatlantic travel is increasing, and travelers are benefitting the most.
Norse Atlantic Airways—a new start-up company offering budget flights between Europe and the U.S.—have announced they will begin budget daily flights between New York City‘s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and London‘s Gatwick Airport (LGW).
The service will start on August 12, 2012, with $322 introductory fares for round trips. Anyone who’s ever traveled across the pond will know this is excellent value for money. In addition, one-way flights to London are as cheap as $116!
Norse Atlantic Airways will join Play Airlines in attempting to dominate budget travel over the Atlantic Ocean.
The New Flights Between NYC and London
- The new flight route will depart from London at 1 p.m and arrive in New York at 3.55 p.m the same day (local time.)
- The flight from New York will depart at 5.55 p.m and arrive in London at 6.20 a.m the next day (local time.)
All flights in London will arrive at London Gatwick Airport (LGW.) Traveling into Central London from London Gatwick Airport is very straightforward.
Although the airport is situated 29.5 miles south of Central London, the train will bring travelers to Victoria Station in Central London in under 30 minutes.
Other London airports include London Heathrow, London Stansted, and London Luton. You may fly to these airports with other airlines.
London is the best city in Europe for finding connecting flights to Mainland European destinations.
All flights arriving and departing from NYC will land at JFK airport.
Norse Atlantic Airways has the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in a two-class configuration, including an economy class and a premium class with a 3-3-3 setup. Like other budget airlines, Norse Atlantic Airways will charge extra for seat selection, carry-on bags, and meals at the cheapest fares.
However, the fares still work out cheap for American and European travelers, especially if they pack light.
In addition to the NYC to London route, Norse Atlantic Airways will offer a limited-time service from August to late October between London Gatwick Airport and Oslo Airport, Gardermoen (OSL).
What Has The Airline Said?
Bjorn Tore Larsen, CEO of Norse Atlantic Airways, said: “We are very pleased to now be able to welcome customers looking to book great value flights between London Gatwick and New York JFK. Customers now have an affordable option allowing them to book a last-minute trip or a holiday of a lifetime with an airline that offers choice and flexibility.
“The introduction of affordable Norse Atlantic Airways point-to-point flights between Europe and the United States will benefit both local tourism and businesses. Not only are we directly investing in the countries that we operate by employing local staff but also supporting job creation across the wider tourism and service industry.”
Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport, said: “We are delighted to welcome Norse Atlantic Airways to Gatwick. It’s always great to see a new tail on the airfield but the arrival of a new airline following the turbulent past two years for the industry, and one that will be offering fantastic long-haul routes across the Atlantic, is particularly exciting news.
“Passengers across London and the South East will now be able to benefit from another transatlantic service from Gatwick, with Norse offering excellent value for money for those flying out for a dream holiday, or important business trip, to New York, one of the world’s most famous and dynamic cities.”
It’s excellent news for Americans and Europeans. The emergence of budget flights between the United Kingdom and the United States will boost travel numbers, increase affordability, and connect the two continents more.
It makes London and Europe an even better destination in August.
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