Norwegian Air launches cheap flights from the Midwest to Italy

If you’re looking to visit Europe this summer on a shoestring budget, Norwegian Air has good news for you. The low-cost carrier is launching new cheap flights from the United States to Europe.

The airline today announced new nonstop flights from Chicago to Paris and Rome, and from Denver to Rome, the first-ever nonstop flight between Denver and Italy, which will begin in spring 2020.

Fares are now on sale. For new flights from Chicago, prices will start at $209.90 for Rome and $219.90 for Paris (one way). In Denver, fares from Rome start at $249.90, one way as well. Both costs include taxes.

Norwegian’s new routes follow an announcement last month that the airline would also add a nonstop flight from Austin to Paris, signaling that the airline is restarting flights after a recent period of uncertainty. For several years, Norwegian has grown aggressively in the United States, launching flights to Europe from several airports in the northeast, Florida, Texas, California and other hub cities. like Seattle, Chicago and Denver. Its expansion largely stalled in 2018 as it faced increasingly difficult financial difficulties. Now the airline looks set for growth again – new flights from Chicago mean that in 2020 Norwegian will double its presence at the city’s O’Hare International Airport, where it currently operates two routes to Barcelona and London.

All new routes will be operated by Norwegian’s 787 Dreamliner, with free Wi-Fi for all passengers on board.

The only caveat is that the flights are only for the spring and summer seasons – the peak travel window for these European destinations when the majority of Chicago and Colorado residents are interested in purchasing flights to the region. Travelers will be able to fly to Paris from Chicago from May to October 2020, and to Rome from June to October. The Denver-Rome route will take off even earlier, operating from April to October 2020. Norwegian Air spokesman Anders Lindström said the success of the airline’s Denver launches so far, which includes nonstop flights to Paris and London started in 2017, means the airline will announce even more routes from Denver for 2021.

Norwegian also launched its first co-branded credit card in the United States earlier this month, which guarantees that a year’s worth of everyday spending will earn the cardholder enough CashPoints (Norwegian’s in-house currency) for a round-trip flight to Europe per year.

With the flood of news from Norwegian Air, such as its partnership with JetBlue, in addition to new routes, its eventful summer is fading faster and faster in the rearview mirror.

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