If you love London, this news is certain to butter your crumpet. Beginning March 1, Norwegian Air Shuttle will reinstate its seasonal nonstop flight from Austin to ol' London town.
According to a release, the low-cost carrier is bringing the nonstop flight back early due to an increase demand and, of course, to kick start service before SXSW.
“London is our most popular destination within our network, and we’ve seen the demand grow from Texas. On the flip-side, Austin and Texas overall are becoming more popular as a leisure destination for Europeans," said Matthew Wood, a senior VP at Norwegian, in a release.
Flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to London's Gatwick Airport on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays in March before switching to Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays beginning in April through October.
All trips are taken aboard Norwegian’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with the inaugural flight taking off from Gatwick on the aforementioned March 1.
Like many low-cost carriers, Norwegian operates on a bundling business model, meaning almost everything can be purchased, and strict guidelines for baggage must be adhered to. While the no-frills option can make the journey seems like a transatlantic bus ride, it does offer options for the budget-friendly traveler.
As of press time, lowest one-way fares clocked in at $179.90-$359.90 for the airline's economy pricing, which doesn't include certain amenities. (Those can be bundled or purchased a la carte.) Premium one-way tickets, which include things like food, currently range from $720.20-$839.90.