The Royal Dutch Airlines, KLM has agreed to give up some of its slots on the New York route to low-budget carriers like Norwegian Air @ Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport.
KLM said it made the move in the light of European competition regulations, complying with a ruling by the European Commission. KLM has given up rights for some starts and landings (so-called slots) at Schiphol Airport to allow more competition on the New York route.
Budget carrier Norwegian Air plans to operate four flights a week between Schiphol and New York’s JFK starting on 7 May. Norwegian fares start at €199 one way, but seat reservations, baggage and meals will add another €75 to the total ticket price.
Norwegian will also offer new routes to the USA from Madrid and Milan and will soon operate 16 non-stop flights from Europe to the USA.
KLM charges around €400 all-in for a one-stopover flight. However, non-stop flights on KLM, Delta or Air France are more expensive.
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