Norwegian slashes fares from UK and Ireland

Low-cost, long-haul airline launches two-week sale

Norwegian has cut fares in half for a number of routes from  the UK and Ireland in a new year sale that will last two weeks.

It is possible to pick up bargains such as Gatwick to New York for $183 (€160) or to Rio de Janeiro for $253 (€222). Premium seats are also included in the sale.

The sale will last until 22.59 GMT on 14 January 2019. Flights included in the deal should depart between 14 January and 31 May 2019.

It's now possible to get to New York for €160 — Shutterstock Norwegian slashes fares from UK and Ireland
It’s now possible to get to New York for €160 — Shutterstock

Matt Wood, SVP commercial at Norwegian said: “We are delighted to make travel even more affordable with incredible savings to exciting global destinations from the UK and Ireland during our new year sale.

“These fantastic offers will allow holidaymakers to take advantage of our low fares and fly in comfort on one of the youngest and greenest fleets in the industry.”

Norwegian carries more than 5.8 million British passengers each year to over 50 global destinations and it is considered to be one of the most fuel-efficient airlines in the world.

It is also one of the fastest-growing airlines. Currently, they have 160 planes, with another 200 on order.

Norwegian has one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets Norwegian slashes fares from UK and Ireland — Mario Vandershot / Shutterstock
Norwegian has one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets — Mario Vandershot / Shutterstock

They also operate one of the youngest fleets of all airlines. The average age of their planes, many of which are Boeing 787 Dreamliners, is just 3.7 years.

Norwegian also came in second in the World’s Best Low-Cost Airlines 2018 category at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, where it took the top spot in the World’s Best Long-haul Low-Cost Airlines category.

However, Reuters reported in late December that the carrier needed to shore up its balance sheet. Norwegian began a €200 million ($230 million) cost savings programme at the time. This involved refinancing one Dreamliner.

There have also been problems with engines provided by Rolls Royce on their Dreamliners. An agreement with the jet engine manufacturer has now been reached.