Watch out Ryanair! New budget airline promises flights from Gatwick to New York for £149

A new budget airline is to offer cheap flights from Gatwick to the US from next summer, with a one way ticket to New York starting at just £149.

Gatwick hailed the move from the Scandinavian carrier, Norwegian, as a “significant industry game changer”.

The airline will use Boeing’s Dreamliner aircraft, which despite early problems is highly valued by carriers due to its fuel economy.

Alongside three services a week to New York, beginning in July 2014, the airline will start twice-weekly flights to Fort Lauderdale in Florida and to Los Angeles, also for less than £200.

Norwegian will throw down the gauntlet to other budget companies such as Ryanair, who have previously described such long haul flights at low prices as unviable.

Customers on Norwegian’s flights will also travel in slightly more style than Ryanair passengers as they will enjoy seat-back entertainment. However they will have to part with a further £30 for an extra package that includes meals, a baggage allowance and reserved seating.

Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate, said: “This is one of the most exciting route developments since Gatwick’s change of ownership four years ago and shows the benefits to passengers of Gatwick competing with Heathrow on routes, price and service.

“Norwegian’s decision to re-establish London Gatwick’s links to strategic destinations in North America gives passengers, once again, real choice about how to get there and, importantly, provide options for affordable travel to popular business and leisure destinations.”

The unprecedented price means that customers will be able to purchase a one way ticket to New York for less than the cost of a return from Kings Cross to Edinburgh, if they were leaving today.

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