The airport previously hosted European budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle until summer 2019 when the carrier left the airport after just two years of service. The airline blamed its departure on the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX jet after two fatal crashes.
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Now, after a three-year hiatus, Stewart is getting international service again from two European airlines.
On June 9, 2022, new Icelandic low-cost carrier PLAY will begin nonstop flights between the airport and Europe.
Stewart will be PLAY’s third US city and tickets go on sale today. Travelers can book flights between the US and 22 European destinations, like Dublin, Paris, Copenhagen, and Brussels.
The flight will have a short layover in Iceland before continuing on to its final destination.
Introductory fares start at $109 one-way to 10 specific cities on the carrier’s route map, including Reykjavik, London, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Brussels in Belgium, Stuttgart in Germany, Trondheim in Norway, and Gothenburg in Sweden.
The deal is only available on roundtrip tickets purchased through February 7 at midnight for flights scheduled between September and October 2022.
PLAY CEO Birgir Jónsson told Insider that Stewart is a financially advantageous airport and he is eager to enter the market.
“We want to create the most economical way to get to and from New York from Europe, so if we went to the same airports as everyone else, that isn’t good business,” he explained. “Stewart is a low-cost airport so we can operate in and out at a lower cost base and offer the best prices without sacrificing our profits.”
While PLAY has adopted several pieces of WOW’s low-cost business model, like flying a no-frills product across the Atlantic, Jónsson told Insider the airline has abandoned some aspects that caused WOW to fail.
“Our model is different because we are entering a widebody market with a narrowbody jet,” he said. “These routes really aren’t long-haul and because we are using the geographic location of Iceland, we don’t need a widebody jet between major cities, which is the market that’s failed.”
Moreover, the plane will not offer many amenities, like WiFi or inflight entertainment, and luggage, seat assignments, drinks, snacks, and meals cost extra. Jónsson told Insider that the experience is intended to be as “hassle-free” as possible and travelers can expect a product similar to other budget airlines.
According to its September application to the DOT, Norse said its initial US routes will be between Oslo and Stewart, New York; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Ontario, California. The three airports will serve the greater areas of New York City, Miami and southern Florida, and Los Angeles, respectively.
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