Norwegian's transatlantic charge continues as first new direct Edinburgh flight to the US takes off today

 
Rebecca Smith
Norwegian had 275,000 passengers at Edinburgh last year
Norwegian had 275,000 passengers at Edinburgh last year (Source: Norwegian)

Low-cost carrier Norwegian's first flight to the US from Edinburgh sets off later today, as it looks to make further inroads into transatlantic flights.

The inaugural flight to the USA will depart Edinburgh Airport at 5.15pm. The airline has also opened a new pilot and cabin crew base at Edinburgh that becomes the airline's second UK base, behind London Gatwick.

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The first of three new routes to the US east coast starts from today, after the airline announced a raft of new flights from Scotland to smaller airports on the US east coast earlier this year.

The carrier said they are Scotland's first direct low-cost services to the USA, with the airline focusing on smaller airports dotted along the east coast such as Stewart International in New Jersey, as they carry significantly lower landing charges, which Norwegian says allows it to charge lower fares.

It said flights are currently available from £138.

Norwegian chief executive, Bjorn Kjos said:

Consumers have responded positively to our affordable fares on both sides of the Atlantic which is stimulating increased tourism and business travel to and from Scotland.

Not only is Norwegian transforming transatlantic travel by connecting smaller cities in huge catchment areas but we’re also unlocking affordable direct high-quality travel to a new market of travellers.

Modern 737 aircraft will service the routes until the carrier receives the new Boeing 737 Max aircraft which lands in Norwegian's fleet this summer.

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Norwegian's Edinburgh flight schedule:

  • Stewart International (New York) – daily flights departing Edinburgh at 5.15pm
  • Providence (greater Boston) – x4 weekly flights (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun) departing Edinburgh at 5.30pm
  • Bradley International (New England/Connecticut) – x3 weekly flights (Tues, Thurs, Sat) departing Edinburgh 5.40pm

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