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Norwegian reacts to BA’s new basic fare

British Airways has released further details on its new basic fare for long-haul flights.

British Airways has released details on its new basic fare for long-haul flights, which will be up to £60 (€69) cheaper than the standard fare but comes with limitations, TTG reports.

Norwegian has welcomed the new competition on its low-cost transatlantic routes.

Having originally announced the initiative in April, BA now confirms that the fare will be available on its flights from London to Austin, Boston, Delhi, Denver, Dubai, Hong Kong, Oakland, Philadelphia, Punta Cana and Singapore.

Five of the ten routes to be affected are also operated by Norwegian out of London Gatwick, while on three of these they are the only two airlines offering them, so BA’s move puts them in direct competition.

“We’re flattered competitors are just starting to see the importance in giving consumers lower fares and the flexibility to choose what they need,” a Norwegian spokesman said.

“We welcome competition and continue to fly passengers in modern state-of-the-art aircraft on nonstop flights from London Gatwick.”

Fare costs
The BA fares will cost up to £60 less than the standard fare, with London to Dubai being the cheapest as it starts at £143, while Austin, the most expensive, is £246. Prices are one way and based on a return trip.

Basic-fare travellers will be allocated their seats and will be able to take two pieces of hand luggage on board only. But if they wish they can pay for additional options, while executive club privileges will exist as normal.

The Norwegian spokesman commented that its destinations include Austin, Denver and Singapore with one-way prices starting at £160, £175 and £160, respectively.

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