Canadians will soon be able to enjoy cheap flights to the Europe and the Caribbean thanks to the Norwegian Airlines, a low-cost carrier based in Oslo.
The company recently announced that it is entering the Canadian market this year, launching the only transatlantic flight out of Hamilton, Ont. to Dublin, Ireland. Year-round daily service between the two cities will commence March 19, 2019, and it will be a 'game-changer' for travellers in southern Ontario with fares as low as $279 (CAD), including taxes.
"We hear from our passengers about how much they love flying from Hamilton and wish they could get to destinations in Europe. We are thrilled that with Norwegian’s announcement today, more people will be able to access this low-cost service from Hamilton next summer,” said Cathie Puckering, President & CEO of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.
Norwegian Airlines is also set to launch seasonal service from Montreal to the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in late October and early November, with flights operating three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Fares to both cities will start as low as $219 (CAD), including taxes.
“Norwegian was the first airline in more than 20 years to link both French Caribbean islands to New York City and in these three years, we have seen our operation continue to grow and expand. We will now be the only airline to connect the French Caribbean with both Canada and the United States, as well as to French Guiana,” said Thomas Ramdahl, the chief commercial officer of Norwegian Airlines.
Eventually, the company hopes to expand to other major Canadian gateways and offer flights at a low enough cost to stand against the growing competition in the country.
“We will start off with these routes, and if it’s a great success we will be coming in with much more in the future and with bigger planes,” chief commercial officer Ramdahl added.