Norse Atlantic has announced and put up for sale its next route: Rome – a new airport for the airline – to New York JFK. It will be the fourth airline at the 4,277-mile (6,884 km) airport pair. It comes two months after Norse announced long-haul-only Paris CDG-JFK, a market that will have 11 daily flights next summer before adding JetBlue’s upcoming service.
Norse adds Rom-JFK
Norse Atlantic’s first Italy flight takes off June 19, connecting others to the Big Apple from Oslo, Berlin, London Gatwick and Paris CDG. Norse will fly daily on 787-9 from Rome to JFK during the summer. It has the following schedule with all local times. The lack of slots at JFK primarily leads to the less than desirable times that will further impact the budget airline’s pricing:
- Rome Fiumicino to JFK: N0401, 19:30-23:00 (9h 30m block time)
- JFK to Rome Fiumicino: N0402, 01:00-15:45 (8h 45m)
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Previously served by Norwegian
Readers may recall that Norwegian, Norse’s predecessor, previously served Rom-Newark and then Rom-JFK. When Newark/JFK are combined, it ran between November 2017 and March 2020. It ended just before the coronavirus hit and Norwegian suspended long-haul operations. According to the US Department of Transportation, Norwegian carried 378,856 Newark/JFK passengers with an average seat load factor (SLF) of 83%. Of course, June-August had over 90% SLFs while peak winter was under 75%.
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Now four airlines on Rome-JFK
Norse joins Delta (for the first time on day three), American (for the first time twice daily) and ITA (predecessor to Alitalia) on the route. Between June and September, the four will have a maximum of eight daily flights, although the average is seven. According to Cirium schedules, there have never been eight before. There is also twice daily United from Newark. On the randomly selected August 1st, the Rome-JFK timetable is as follows:
- 10:00 a.m: Delta, DL183, 767-300ER
- 10:25: ITA, AZ608, A350-900
- 10:30 a.m: American, AA235, 777-200ER
- 13:00: Delta, DL153, A330-300
- 15:10: ITA, AZ610, A330-200
- 15:20: Delta, DL149, 767-400ER
- 17:15: American, AA245, 777-200ER
- 19:30: Nordic, N0401, 787-9
Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Easy flying.
Returns from $483
The lowest economy round trip fare I could find was $483 (September) valid from Rome or JFK. Like many low-cost airlines, Norse Atlantic’s fares are headlines base rates: They only include the fare itself, taxes, a bag under the seat underneath and entertainment.
$483 is for Economy Light. If you choose this family of fares and want more—extra carry-on bags, checked bags, assigned seats, priority check-in, priority boarding, meals—it will cost you more, but it’s up to you if you want it. As always, it’s important to compare prices, flight schedules, products and more between airlines to get the right deal and best value for you.
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Pick and choose or upgrade
Passengers can add things to their Economy Light package. For example, disposable Prices include a 10kg carry-on bag for $35 and a checked bag between $60 and $170. Selecting a specific seat costs between $25 (middle seat) and $120 (extra front legroom in economy class) and a meal costs $20 to $30. Then there’s priority check-in ($20), priority boarding ($15), and so on.
Or you can choose another package. Economy Classic includes a second carry-on bag, one checked bag, one meal and more. Add $200 of return to Economy Light for this, with $683 being the lowest return I could find; This is a fare that allows you to better compare airlines. Then there’s Economy Plus. If you want all of that plus a changeable/refundable ticket, seat selection, priority boarding and more, it costs from $1,043 round trip.
Alternatively, there are Premium fare families, with Premium Light starting at $1,085, which includes two carry-on bags, two meals, and more. It’s effectively premium economy and includes much roomier seats, with bunks spaced 43 inches apart. I have flown between London Gatwick and JFK in this cabin and have enjoyed it.
What do you think of Norse’s latest route? Let us know in the comments.