Norwegian chief sees €61 US flights by 2017

Kjos says flying to small airports would keep costs low
Norwegian says that by 2017 it will be selling one-way transatlantic tickets for $69 (€61), flying to US airports that have low fees.
Europe’s third-biggest budget carrier is now considering flights between cities like Edinburgh and Bergen and US airports that currently have little or no international services.
These airports might include New York’s Westchester County Airport and Connecticut’s Bradley Airport near Hartford, the airline’s chief executive Bjørn Kjos said.
The average price of a round trip on such a route would be around $300, he said, compared with many of Norwegian’s fares today, which run to about $500 due to higher airport fees. But that would exclude the possibility of onward destinations from hub airports.
“I think you will see a lot to that effect within five years’ time,” Kjos said. “What will happen to [Lufthansa] when everyone starts to fly direct?”
Kjos dismissed any competition that may come from Lufthansa’s new low-cost subsidiary Eurowings: “I don’t believe in their being able to operate low cost with a Boeing 767.”


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