Things are looking up for the Canadian traveler as flight prices between Europe and Canada are expected to get much lower with the introduction of Norwegian Air, a budget European airline, into the Canadian market.
The Canadian Transportation Agency has given an initial permit to the Norwegian airline service, who are anticipated to start selling tickets ahead of their official summertime launch. Before things can become official, however, the airline service must first receive approval from Transport Canada. The fact that they’ve already been given permission to start selling tickets ahead of their launch though indicates that things will be going forward without a hitch.
“The agency is satisfied that there is a high probability that the licence will issue prior to the intended startup date on July 23, 2018,” the CTA said in a statement, according to CBC.
Norwegian Air has yet to confirm what routes they’ll be flying to in Canada, nor given an indication of what their prices will be, but one can guess that they will be competitive with the other budget airlines who have been contending for the attention of the Canadian traveler. For instance, in 2015, Wow Air (an Icelandic carrier) set up a route between Canada and Europe that cost less than $100. Later, they added a flight between Canada and continental Europe that cost just $149!
In a similar move, the Latvian carrier Primera Air announced last year that they would begin flying between Toronto and continental Europe for as little as $199. These flights are going to be taking off from Pearson starting next month and will be running three times a week between England and Toronto and four times between France and Toronto.