Fly from New York to Ireland and Scotland for just $65. A deal this good either is a scam or there’s a catch. It’s not a scam. The airfare deal is from no-frills carrier Norwegian Air. The catch is that you’ll be flying from Stewart International Airport, not from the three major NYC-area airports, JFK, LaGuardia or Newark.
Starting this summer, Norwegian will be flying daily to Dublin and Edinburgh, three times weekly to Belfast, and twice weekly to Shannon.
Stewart is in Newburgh, 70-ish miles from New York City, halfway between NYC and Albany. If you don’t own a car, it’s either a bus or train to Newburgh, or a one-way car car rental, and maybe an overnight hotel, too.
Shortline currently operates one bus a day from NYC to Stewart Airport. It’s a 90-minute ride from Port Authority Bus Terminal in Times Square, arriving at 2:45PM. Hopefully, as flights out of Stewart increase, so will public transportation from New York City.
MetroNorth provides regular service between Grand Central Terminal and Newburgh-Beacon and there’s regular bus service between the train station and the airport.
Tickets on Norwegian Air are on sale now. Get them while you can, since it is not clear how long the introductory $65 will last, especially since the website also lists $99 fares. But even that is a great rice.
The $65 fare is also on flights from Boston and Providence.
No-frills means you get one free carry-on, and have to pay to check any bags that don’t fit under the seat or in the overhead.
“Our new, non-stop service will enable tens of thousands of new travelers to fly between the continents much more comfortably and affordably,” Norwegian Air Founder Bjørn Kjos said in a statement. “Norwegian’s latest transatlantic offering is not only great news for the traveling public, but also for the local U.S. economies as we will bring more tourists that will increase spending, consequently creating thousands of new local jobs.”
Service on Boeing 737-MAX jets begins with flights to Edinburgh June 15.
Flights to Dublin and Belfast begin July 1, and to Shannon on July 2.
The schedule changes after the peak summer travel season, with flights reduced to three times a week to Edinburgh and Dublin, and twice a week to Belfast and Shannon.
Norwegian also flies bargain flights between JFK and Martinique.
photo courtesy Boeing