Norwegian Air Shuttle Launches Budget Flights from NYC
New York (JFK) to London Gatwick (LGW) for £150
In case you missed the news last week, Norwegian Air Shuttle just launched a new transatlantic route between London and New York City with fares starting at £150 ($256) one-way.
Although it’s difficult to come by these low fares due to low supply, high demand, and the fact cheaper flights are nearly impossible to find during high season, The Guardian ran an independent price verification check and noted the cheapest New York to London legs are largely in January and February 2015.
The airline is also opening up routes from Los Angeles and Ft. Lauderdale as a low-cost alternative to the competition.
What does this mean?
This means there’s a viable budget option for getting to study abroad spring 2015 destinations on a budget…so long as passengers don’t mind paying an extra £35 ($60) for a meal and checking in a 45 lb. bag! WSA Europe recommends packing a lunch, however 45 lbs. of checked luggage should be plenty for a semester or two.
As Norwegian grows its fleet and expands services, it’s possible other budget airlines will fall in step. While carriers like Ryanair have expressed interest in launching US flights “for under €10,” this likely won’t become a reality for at least another 5 years as the company acquires the necessary long-haul aircraft.
In the meantime, Norwegian offers great value, so long as you book well in advance!
The trip to Budapest was amazing! I did not know what to expect from Budapest because my roommate just told me to go with her so I was up for anything, but it ended up being one of my favorite trips so far of my study abroad experience. The hostel we stayed at gave us an excellent taste of the Budapest night life while Bogi took us to places that I definitely would not have been able to get to on my own or had known about if not for her WSA tour. It was a great weekend and I highly recommend it.Mary Reagan, Saint Louis University ~ St. Louis University, Madrid, Spring 2015
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