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Although winter has just started to set in across the US, it’s never too early to start planning your summer getaways to Europe. Of course finding a decent fare in the peak months of July and August can be a huge challenge. The days of scoring a $99 fare across the pond are mostly a thing of the past, however, Norwegian Air recently announced a new partnership with Gatwick Airport in London that could be a real game changer for the industry.
Norwegian is planning three new routes between Gatwick and New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale powered by the much-hyped Boeing 787 Dreamliner, known for its fuel efficiency that can let carriers lower ticket costs. Introductory prices will start at £149 ($240) each way for three weekly flights between London and New York, £199 ($325) for two flights a week from LA and £179 ($290) for two flights a week from Fort Lauderdale. For a flight to Europe from the states in July, these are fantastic prices that Cheapos are sure to quickly scoop up.
There are a few catches, including a £30 ($50) service charge if you want “luxuries” such as a reserved seat, meal service and luggage storage, but all tickets do come with free in-flight entertainment. Who needs food or a carry-on when you have unlimited TV access, right?
But even with this extra fee, a total price of $290 is still almost unheard of for traveling to London during the height of the vacation season from New York. If Norwegian can keep their prices low, and the Dreamliner can overcome its shaky start to become a reliable aircraft, affordable flights to London will no longer be a dream of the past.