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This airline is launching new low-cost flights between the UK and USA

New York, San Francisco, Chicago and other major cities are getting new links to London

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

Flying between the UK and USA is getting less expensive by the year, but it still isn’t exactly cheap. While you can get some inexpensive flights from London to New York for just under £330 ($372), usually tickets are much, much dearer than that.

But that could soon all be about to change. The UK arm of Norwegian budget airline Norse Atlantic Airways has been given the go-ahead to launch a load of new routes, which could dramatically increase low-cost options for crossing the Atlantic.

Norse is a relatively new airline, founded in 2021. It launched a route between London Gatwick and New York JFK back in August, charging just £255 ($287) for a return ticket. By March 2023, Norse plans to run equally-cheap routes from London to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Baltimore-WashingtonOrlando and Fort Lauderdale.

This rollout is happening now due to a change in US government regulations. Previously, the airline’s UK subsidiary would have had to route any further UK-US flights via Norway. The US Department of Transport has now given it the all-clear to begin direct flights, enabling it to expand its network.

London is already a popular stop-off for flights between Europe and North America, so the hope is that Norse’s cheaper Gatwick routes will make for more affordable transatlantic travel in general. Have a look at Norse Atlantic’s timetable here – and get excited that your intercontinental getaways could soon be more affordable than ever.

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