Norwegian Air to operate new flights from Belfast to USBack to Forum
One wonders how Icelandair’s planned service to New York will fare when Norwegian launches flights.
However, although Icelandair operates via Reykjavik it does land at JFK whereas Norwegian will be arriving at a New York airport well away from Manhattan.
Hopefully Icelandair will be able to source passengers bound for other N American destinations.23 Feb 2017
I wonder how the airline will make money when United struggled. I hope the airline stays for awhile, but I think most people will go to Dublin or to London and I go through London where possible.23 Feb 2017
Panda01 – I suspect Norwegian will be using B737s for this route and also for Edinburgh (new US routes have also been announced today). Why ? Because it has designated these small regional airports for its transatlantic B737 services.23 Feb 2017
Yes Edinburgh is also getting a Hartford connection.
Would be nice to see the Belfast routes go year round as opposed to summer seasonal…23 Feb 2017
PhilipHart – Thanks for confirming. I’ve just written a piece which will be posted very soon. As we’ve seen with other budget airlines these low fares will quickly sell out and, in the case of flights from the UK mainland, one needs to include the cost of APD. Note that flights from N Ireland have different levels of APD.23 Feb 2017
Here’s the Business Traveller piece. Another news item, regarding the new transatlantic service from three additional Irish airports, follows shortly.23 Feb 2017
icespice – It’s always the same when budget airlines (especially long-haul ones) launch new routes.
What I had not realised when I wrote our piece is that, for the £69 introductory fares, *Norwegian is absorbing the cost of APD.”
APD from Edinburgh is £75. From Belfast there are different rates and, the last time I checked, long-haul APD is at the same level as the short-haul rate *but only* for direct/non-stop, long-haul flights.
I’ll add a correction to the piece already written.23 Feb 2017