14 MAR 2018: Norwegian Air is now setting its low-cost sights on the Canadian transatlantic market. The budget airline has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency to begin nonstop flights across the pond and has been granted a permit to sell tickets ahead of a tentative launch this summer.  

In what is clearly positive news for Norwegian, the CTA said last week, "Transport Canada advises that it expects that the applicant will be issued a [permit] in time for the proposed startup date. Accordingly, the agency is satisfied that there is a high probability that the licence will issue prior to the intended startup date on July 23, 2018."

"As an ambitious airline with a huge aircraft order, it's no secret that we have plans to expand to other parts of the world. We have applied for a licence to operate flights to and from Canada as it's an interesting market, and we are currently evaluating route opportunities," a Norwegian spokesman said.

Approval would make Norwegian only the latest airline to test the transatlantic market between Canada and Europe.

Aside from Air Canada rouge, WestJet and Air Transat, newcomer Icelandic Wow Air offers low cost flights between Canada and Iceland and continental Europe. And last year, Latvian based carrier Primera Air announced it plans to fly three times a week between Britain and Toronto, and four times a week between Toronto and France. Both those carriers showed tickets priced at under $200 for a one way fare.

Here comes summer!


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