Low-cost carriers Norwegian and Jetblue have signed a Letter of Intent to launch an interline partnership on flights between Europe and the Americas.
The airlines plan to launch the agreement in early summer 2020, with flights bookable from early next year.
The partnership would connect more than 60 US and nearly 40 Caribbean and Latin American cities to Norwegian’s network via New York JFK, Boston and Fort Lauderdale, allowing customers to book connecting flights to and from Jetblue services under a single ticket, with luggage being through-checked to the final destination.
Commenting on the news Norwegian’s Acting CEO and Chief Financial Officer, Geir Karlsen said:
“We are very excited to partner with Jetblue as this will make international travel even smoother and more available for our customers. Jetblue is the largest airline at several of our key gateways in the United States, specifically New York JFK, Boston and Fort Lauderdale, and this partnership will create a plethora of new route connections for customers on both sides of the Atlantic.
“The partnership will provide travellers throughout the US, Caribbean and Latin America with more affordable fares to Europe and vice versa. And not least it will offer seamless connections with two of the most awarded low-cost airlines in the world.”
Norwegian recently announced plans to shift frequencies on routes between Gatwick and the US, with an increase in flights on routes to San Francisco, Austin, Denver and Tampa, but reductions on services to Buenos Aires, Miami, Orlando and Rio.
Meanwhile Jetblue plans to launch its first transatlantic services in 2021, with nonstop flights from New York and Boston to London.