A new low-cost airline has arrived at Bradley International Airport.
Now you can jet off to Europe on Norwegian Air for as low as $99 one way this summer.
The discount carrier is offering nonstop service between Bradley and Edinburgh, Scotland.
“Both of our families have roots in Scotland, we’ve always wanted to go,” Stephanie Purington of South Deerfield, Mass., said.
On Saturday people checked in for the inaugural flight.
“With food and tax and everything, 505 roundtrip. I can’t even go to Florida in the wintertime for 505,” Tom Evanko of New Britain, said.
Norwegian is quickly expanding at smaller airports in the Northeast. Providence and Hartford came online this week.
The airline hopes to win over customers with its offer of an international destination and prices that are normally found at larger airports.
“It’s really serving a community that really doesn’t have those options,” Danielle Manegio, Norwegian account manager, said.
The launch follows the start of Aer Lingus in September with flights to Dublin, Ireland.
It offered the first trans-Atlantic flight from Bradley in eight years.
Now with a second route underway, the airport is hopeful more international travelers will chose the convenience of Bradley over a major airport.
“It’s a huge time saver particularly for our businesses that are located here in Connecticut,” Kevin Dillon, Connecticut Airport Authority executive director, said.
The airport says airlines throughout the region are looking at their fares with the arrival of Norwegian.
Now the lowest fares at Norwegian do come with a catch.
There are fees for checked luggage, seat assignments, and onboard food and drinks, including non-alcoholic beverages.