The era of transatlantic low-cost carriers it entering a new phase.
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After a two year review, Norwegian Air, the low-cost carrier expanding aggressively on international routes, finally won approval to expand further into the U.S. from a base in Ireland.
On the surface, the legacy airlines took issue with an alleged unfair tax and labor advantage that Norwegian would get by operating out of Ireland. But in reality, it’s competition that U.S. airlines fear. Norwegian offers transoceanic flights at rock-bottom prices (and a litany of fees, mind you) and the legacies don’t want to lower their prices in competition.
As of this ruling, however, it looks like the battle is on. While most business travelers won’t give Norwegian Air a second look, the competition that it provides will drag down costs on competing carriers, and challenge what’s long been one of the most profitable routes.
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Photo credit: Interior of a Norwegian Air plane. Norwegian Air Shuttle