Norwegian Airports announced on Thursday that they will be charging passengers who want to fly to and from London for a maximum of $10,000 each to purchase their tickets online.
In addition, Norwegian Airlines will now require all Norwegian passengers on their flights from Europe to purchase a ticket to London for the duration of their stay.
In 2018, Norwegian passengers will now pay for their travel using a credit card instead of a cash deposit.
In 2019, passengers will have to pay for each trip with a ticket that has a purchase price of at least $1,000.
This will include Norwegian Air’s new fares for the next 12 months, which are set to rise by about 50%.
As an example, Norwegian Air will increase its fares by about $1 from $2,500 to $3,000 in 2019.
Norwegian Air is already charging a $1 deposit on all Norwegian flights, as well as a $100 surcharge for domestic flights from $100 to $200.
Norwegian Airlines, however, has yet to announce whether this fee will be refundable.
The airline’s decision to charge passengers for their flight, which has yet the public to see details, comes amid increasing concerns about air travel prices.
Last month, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its Airfare Price Index for 2019, which showed Norwegian Airlines’ average fares had risen by almost 6% compared to the previous year.
Norwegian’s fares for flights from the United Kingdom and Europe to the United States have been increasing at a faster rate than the Norwegian economy, with the average Norwegian airline ticket costing $2.35 and the average U.S. flight costing $4.10, according to IATA.
A Norwegian passenger uses an Apple Watch as she waits in line to purchase tickets on board a Norwegian Airlines flight to London from Heathrow Airport, London, United Kingdom, September 29, 2020.
Reuters/Neil Hall Norway Airlines said it would not charge any additional fees for passengers who bought a ticket from a third party to purchase the flight.
Norwegian said the price increases would apply only to flights from London to London, but passengers could choose to pay the extra for flights to destinations such as Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Singapore, Hong Kong, Hong Chi, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo, as long as they purchased their tickets using the credit card, or online.
The airline said the fee will go into effect on Jan. 31.
Airline officials said Norwegian will increase the cost of flights to and through London to the equivalent of $100 each, up from $80.
They will increase fares by $100 for domestic journeys from $150 to $250, and by $50 for flights that leave London to Singapore and Hong Kong.
Luggage fees will increase by up to $50, Norwegian said, to reflect inflation.
IATA, which is the international organization that sets the rules for airlines, said the increases in ticket prices and additional baggage fees would affect around 9.7 million people around the world.