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Norwegian Air Shuttle has overtaken British Airways as the biggest non-U.S. airline on transatlantic routes to and from the New York area, highlighting how the low cost carrier is biting into British Airways territory.
Norwegian carried 1.67 million passengers to or from airports in the New York area in the 12 months to the end of July, compared with the 1.63 million carried by British Airways, data from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey showed.
No-frills - Carrier - Norwegian - Market - Years
No-frills carrier Norwegian has been rapidly expanding in the transatlantic market over the past five years, prompting the owner of British Airways, IAG, to try to buy it earlier this year.
The data showed four U.S. airlines, led by United, are the biggest carriers of international passengers out of the main airports in the New York area, which include John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International.
Air - Canada - Carrier - Passengers - Dominance
Air Canada is the biggest non-U.S. carrier of international passengers, but its dominance is on travel between the United States and Canada.
Norwegian, and other relatively recent entrants to the market such as Wow Air, have led a charge to shake up Europe's long-haul flight market, offering ticket prices that can be as little as half those charged by traditional carriers.
Airlines - Budget - Class - Ticket - IAG
The traditional airlines have responded by selling a new budget class of ticket, as well as setting up, in IAG's case, new airline Level to compete directly with Norwegian on price.
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