CEO says $69 one-way flight tickets from U.S to Europe available soon

Kjos says Norwegian air is aiming to make nonstop service to small cities that straddle the Atlantic more common, which keeps costs low

Kjos says Norwegian air is aiming to make nonstop service to small cities that straddle the Atlantic more common, which keeps costs low

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA's Chief Executive Officer, Bjørn Kjos, has announced that the airline plans to start selling one-way tickets from the United States to Europe for $69 by early 2017.

The third-largest budget airline in Europe is considering flights to Edinburgh and Bergen, Norway from U.S. airports that have little to no international service today, places such as New York's Westchester County Airport and Connecticut's Bradley International Airport, just north of Hartford, Kjos revealed.

Passengers on these routes are charged about $300 round trip on the average compared with many of Norwegian's fares that run more than $500 today because of higher fees levied by busier airports.

Kjos says Norwegian air is aiming to make nonstop service to small cities that straddle the Atlantic more common, which keeps costs low.

However, Norwegian isn't the only airline to market cheap fares across the Atlantic.

Recently, Iceland's Wow Air recently offered one-way fares between Boston and Paris for $99. Lufthansa's low-cost subsidiary Eurowings is also starting cheap long-haul flights.

"I don't believe in their being able to operate low cost with a Boeing 767," said Kjos while downplaying Eurowings a competitive threat in the proposed business plan.

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