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Norwegian Air Expands to Chicago, Austin for Transatlantic Flights

Norwegian Air, the growing low-cost carrier known for low fares to Europe, is adding two new destinations: Chicago, Illinois, and Austin, Texas.

The airline will operate flights from both destinations to London, from where travelers can connect elsewhere in Europe. Service from Chicago begins March 25, 2018, and service from Austin starts two days later.

Norwegian launched service to London in 2015, and has added seven U.S. destinations in the past year. That brings its total number of U.S.-London routes to 11. Norwegian also announced new routes from Boston and Oakland and increased flights from New York to Paris.

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All told, Norwegian now serves 15 U.S. airports.

Norwegian’s has been a mostly welcome addition to the transatlantic market. Boasting low fares and an a la carte approach to pricing, the airline typically provides good value for customers willing to forego the comforts (so to speak) of mainline carriers. The airline operates a fleet of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft and, for a price, offers everything customers expect on these longer journeys, including business-class fares.

Here’s a full breakdown of the new routes and destinations Norwegian announced:

  • Chicago to London four times per week, starting March 25, 2018
  • Austin to London three times per week, starting March 27, 2018
  • Newark to Paris six times per week, starting February 28, 2018
  • Los Angeles to Paris increased to twice per week, start date not yet announced
  • Boston to Paris four times per week, starting May 2, 2018
  • Oakland to Paris four times per week, starting April 10, 2018

Readers, have you flown Norwegian? What was your experience? Do you think its expansion is a good thing for travelers? Comment below.

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By Carl Unger

Contributing Editor Carl Unger believes that every trip is worth taking. He loves an extended trip to Europe as much as he enjoys exploring the towns and landscape near home. Basically, you'll find him wherever there is good food, fresh air, and plenty of stories to bring home.

Carl has been writing for SmarterTravel since 2005. His travel writing has also appeared on USA Today and the Boston travel guide.

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