17 MAR 2017: Ryanair is looking at partnering with Norwegian Air Shuttle to offer budget travel from a selection of UK airports to destinations in the US. Details have yet to be announced but it is expected that the transatlantic flights will utilize secondary American airports in order to keep costs low.
Ryanair is Ireland’s low-cost airline headquartered in Dublin, with its primary operational bases at Dublin and London’s Stansted Airports.
Norwegian Air Shuttle is the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe and offers a high-frequency domestic flight schedule within Scandinavia and Finland, and to business destinations such as London, the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands.
In January Norwegian announced plans to offer transatlantic flights to secondary airports in the eastern American states this year.
The plan is that the long haul flights can be booked with either airline starting this summer with the intent that passengers fly from regional British airports to London Gatwick, Cork or Barcelona with Ryanair and cross the Atlantic with Norwegian.
The connections and baggage transfers will be included.
A Ryanair spokesperson stated, “Given we have the largest route network in Europe, it's a logical move and a very attractive proposition for long haul carriers.”