Daily Cheap Flights from the Hudson Valley to Europe Coming Soon
In the near future, local residents should be able to enjoy very cheap daily flights from the Hudson Valley to Europe.
European budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA announced plans to setup two new U.S. bases as early as next month, including one at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh.
Flights from the Hudson Valley to European locations could cost as little as $69 for a one-way ticket, a spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal.
"It's going to be great," Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus told Hudson Valley Post. "This will add about 21 flights (weekly). It's going to help everyone in the area."
Neuhaus believes Norwegian will start by offering flights from Stewart to England, Scotland, Ireland and Norway with plans to add Paris in the very near future.
"The more destinations you have, the more attractive it is," Neuhaus added. "To have those four right off the bat and then add in Paris-- I think Paris will also be a really sexy thing to do directly from here."
Tickets are expected to go on sale early in 2017, with flights starting in June or July, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus confirmed to Hudson Valley Post.
Norwegian Air plans to use brand-new Boeing Co.’s 737 Max single-aisle planes. Each plane holds up to 189 passengers. The airline’s first two 737 Max planes are due in May, with four more to follow in June, according to Neuhaus.
"They are beefed up version of a 737, which is made for an international flight, Neuhaus said. "That will bring a relationship with Boeing, to have them have full-time maintenance and mechanics at Stewart Airport."
Norwegian will open up a second location at either Portsmouth International Airport in New Hampshire or T.F. Green Airport near Providence, Rhode Island. A third location, near Hartford, Connecticut is also being considered.
The news comes after Norwegian Air won a three-year battle to expand its service in the United States.
On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation granted final approval to the airlines application after the European Union accused lawmakers in Washington of breaching the “open skies” pact.
Critics, including some of America’s largest airlines and unions, say Norwegian Air plans to use an Irish subsidiary to hire below-market crews from Asia to cut costs, potentially taking jobs from European and American workers, Thrillist reports.