Would you take a budget flight to the US?
Flying with a budget airline - with their ridiculous baggage restrictions, overpriced cups of tea and no legroom – can be hell if you’re on a 2 hour flight to Magaluf. But now Norwegian airlines are introducing cut-price transatlantic flights to New York and LA, starting from just £149 one way.
The long haul flights, which are due to start in July next year from Gatwick, will be the first budget US flights since Freddie Laker’s short lived Skytrain service in the 80s. Norwegian already operate 25 routes out of Gatwick, mostly to Europe, but have seen such demand for cheap US flights that they’ve now acquired a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to do the job. And Gatwick is VERY excited about it.
‘This is one of the most exciting route developments since Gatwick's change of ownership four years ago.’ said Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate. ‘Norwegian’s decision to operate high quality services on new long range aircraft offering good-value fares to the US from London Gatwick is a significant industry game-changer.’
Obviously, this is going to pave the way for other budget airlines to cash in on the New York route. Wherever there’s cash to be made and crap to be peddled, Ryanair are already on the case, with Michael O’Leary talking about launching ‘ten buck’ flights to America.
Flights to New York for £6.30? Just make sure you pack everything you own in a very small bag that fits under your seat – and pray for your soul.