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    Anyone else heard their pulling a few of their routes from Edinburgh including Edinburgh - New York.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DH1875 View Post
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    Anyone else heard their pulling a few of their routes from Edinburgh including Edinburgh - New York.
    That would be a shame.

    I flew with them to Copenhagen earlier this month, and was very impressed with them. Very efficient, punctual, comfortable planes, wifi in the air... if that is typical for them, I'd reckon they're the best of the budgets.

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    Norwegian Air

    Transatlantic routes, and also Barcelona and Tenerife are being pulled. Story below. Blaming the APD tax, which is fair enough, considering the SNP Government pledged to reduce it but never have.


    The low-cost airline, Norwegian, is blaming its retreat from Edinburgh on the Scottish government’s failure to cut tax.

    Norwegian will stop flying from Scotland’s busiest airport to Stewart International in upstate New York and Providence, Rhode Island, at the end of the winter season. The links served New York City and Boston respectively.

    A Norwegian spokesperson said: “Following a comprehensive review of our services from Edinburgh, we have decided to withdraw routes to the New York and Boston areas, Barcelona and Tenerife with the last flights departing on 30 March 2019.

    “Our affordable US flights were launched with the prospect of a reduction in air passenger taxes that was unfortunately postponed by the Scottish government and this has led us to fully withdraw our transatlantic services.”

    Air Passenger Duty is £78 for long-haul economy flights from England, Wales and Scotland. Northern Ireland has a special rate of £13, because of competition from airports in the Irish Republic.

    But the Norwegian links to Stewart and Providence end on 27 October.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zondervan View Post
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    Transatlantic routes, and also Barcelona and Tenerife are being pulled. Story below. Blaming the APD tax, which is fair enough, considering the SNP Government pledged to reduce it but never have.


    The low-cost airline, Norwegian, is blaming its retreat from Edinburgh on the Scottish government’s failure to cut tax.

    Norwegian will stop flying from Scotland’s busiest airport to Stewart International in upstate New York and Providence, Rhode Island, at the end of the winter season. The links served New York City and Boston respectively.

    A Norwegian spokesperson said: “Following a comprehensive review of our services from Edinburgh, we have decided to withdraw routes to the New York and Boston areas, Barcelona and Tenerife with the last flights departing on 30 March 2019.

    “Our affordable US flights were launched with the prospect of a reduction in air passenger taxes that was unfortunately postponed by the Scottish government and this has led us to fully withdraw our transatlantic services.”

    Air Passenger Duty is £78 for long-haul economy flights from England, Wales and Scotland. Northern Ireland has a special rate of £13, because of competition from airports in the Irish Republic.

    But the Norwegian links to Stewart and Providence end on 27 October.



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    These two sentences are contradictory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CropleyWasGod View Post
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    These two sentences are contradictory.

    Well not last week I booked a return from NYC to Edinburgh for just before Christmas so they'd bloody well better be keeping them going until end of March.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CropleyWasGod View Post
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    These two sentences are contradictory.

    https://www.scotsman.com/news/transp...urgh-1-4803827

    This appears to indicate that the Providence one is off from end of October and NYC from end of March

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    Quote Originally Posted by lyonhibs View Post
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    https://www.scotsman.com/news/transp...urgh-1-4803827

    This appears to indicate that the Providence one is off from end of October and NYC from end of March
    .. and that the Providence cancellation was announced almost 6 months ago.

    Whilst they may have a case about APD, maybe the flights to "remote" airports just weren't attractive enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CropleyWasGod View Post
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    That would be a shame.

    I flew with them to Copenhagen earlier this month, and was very impressed with them. Very efficient, punctual, comfortable planes, wifi in the air... if that is typical for them, I'd reckon they're the best of the budgets.
    They're also the most likely to go pop. They've expanded too quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibrandenburg View Post
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    They're also the most likely to go pop. They've expanded too quickly.
    I really hope they don't.

    Compared with my experience on the return with RyanAir, they were superb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CropleyWasGod View Post
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    .. and that the Providence cancellation was announced almost 6 months ago.

    Whilst they may have a case about APD, maybe the flights to "remote" airports just weren't attractive enough.
    Best part of 70 miles from Stewart to central Manhattan. Might be cheaper but nope, I'll pay the premium to jfk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haymaker View Post
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    Best part of 70 miles from Stewart to central Manhattan. Might be cheaper but nope, I'll pay the premium to jfk.
    I did the Norwegian flight to Stewart Intl, and I’d do it again. Transfer was fine by bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haymaker View Post
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    Best part of 70 miles from Stewart to central Manhattan. Might be cheaper but nope, I'll pay the premium to jfk.
    Still get decent prices to JFK aswell.

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    That would be a shame. Norwegian Air are a budget airline but with a bit of style. Cut above Ryanfreight and Easyjoke.

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    I flew premium with them and it was great.

    Dreamliner too. Fast and low noise. Plane I was on set a world record for a subsonic commercial plane too.
    Way over 700mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easty View Post
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    I did the Norwegian flight to Stewart Intl, and I’d do it again. Transfer was fine by bus.
    Fair play mate.

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    They pulled out of the Malaga route a couple of years back too
    I liked flying with them, free WI-FI on the flight too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Whizz View Post
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    They pulled out of the Malaga route a couple of years back too
    I liked flying with them, free WI-FI on the flight too
    Nothing is free, it's paid for in the ticketing system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haymaker View Post
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    Best part of 70 miles from Stewart to central Manhattan. Might be cheaper but nope, I'll pay the premium to jfk.
    Air conditioned bus with usb charging, wifi and toilets. Only plane leaving and arriving when I done it so customs and security were a breeze. Pity - always fancied going back but not at the £400+ other airlines charge (Think my Norwegian flight was £210 return from memory)

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    I’ve just booked with Norwegian, today. From New York to Edinburgh, £90. Great price.

    Flying to Miami, from Edinburgh, via Heathrow, on 28th December, £800 one way!!! Then Miami to New York on 4th Jan, £160. Then New York back home on the 7th. £90 is unreal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibrandenburg View Post
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    They're also the most likely to go pop. They've expanded too quickly.

    That is very true. It is a Globespan type business but much bigger.

    British Airways bought a 5% stake in the company so they could pick up some of the business quickly if anything went wrong.

    Vueling and Iberia are also in the same overall company as BA. Could be a lucrative share holding if all their landing slots became available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_b_ View Post
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    Air conditioned bus with usb charging, wifi and toilets. Only plane leaving and arriving when I done it so customs and security were a breeze. Pity - always fancied going back but not at the £400+ other airlines charge (Think my Norwegian flight was £210 return from memory)
    Fair play. Norwegian still fly cheap to JFK but from London - which suits me as I live in Jersey and my parents live 20 minutes from Gatwick.

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    What’s the other best options for flying to New York from Edinburgh but trying to keep the price down? Am I right in thinking Air Lingus donkne whwee you stop over in Ireland?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LustForLeith View Post
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    What’s the other best options for flying to New York from Edinburgh but trying to keep the price down? Am I right in thinking Air Lingus donkne whwee you stop over in Ireland?
    I think they do, you'll clear US customs/immigration on the Irish side too I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haymaker View Post
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    I think they do, you'll clear US customs/immigration on the Irish side too I believe.
    Thanks.

    I’d never travelled with Norwegian Air but I’d heard a lot of positives about them. My wife was thinking of flying with them to a cheaper New York holiday. Scuppered now

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    In June I flew to JFK for £380 return with Delta. Considering this was direct and included luggage it was an absolute bargain. Had my own personal IFE with 100s of movies and free bar, snacks and dinner all included. Even got a hot cloth to freshen myself up lol.

    Also somehow managed to somehow clear customs and security, collect my luggage and be in the taxi to Manhattan within 45 minutes of leaving the plane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LustForLeith View Post
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    What’s the other best options for flying to New York from Edinburgh but trying to keep the price down? Am I right in thinking Air Lingus donkne whwee you stop over in Ireland?
    We've done the Aer Lingus from Edinburgh to New York via Shannon before and it was fine, pre US clearance done at Shannon airport, the return was JFK to Dublin then Dublin to Edinburgh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by easty View Post
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    I’ve just booked with Norwegian, today. From New York to Edinburgh, £90. Great price.

    Flying to Miami, from Edinburgh, via Heathrow, on 28th December, £800 one way!!! Then Miami to New York on 4th Jan, £160. Then New York back home on the 7th. £90 is unreal.
    £800 one way to get out there is very pricey. Did you get your own plane?
    Mon the Hibs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DH1875 View Post
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    In June I flew to JFK for £380 return with Delta. Considering this was direct and included luggage it was an absolute bargain. Had my own personal IFE with 100s of movies and free bar, snacks and dinner all included. Even got a hot cloth to freshen myself up lol.

    Also somehow managed to somehow clear customs and security, collect my luggage and be in the taxi to Manhattan within 45 minutes of leaving the plane.
    Wow!

    Was that from Edinburgh?

    Been to America three times in the last four years and I think we waited at customs longer than it actually took for us to fly there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LustForLeith View Post
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    Wow!

    Was that from Edinburgh?

    Been to America three times in the last four years and I think we waited at customs longer than it actually took for us to fly there!
    It was from Glasgow.

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