Budget international carrier, Norwegian Air Shuttle, is bringing the first nonstop flight to Paris from Fort Lauderdale.
The airline announced Thursday that it’s adding one weekly flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, starting July 29.
“We couldn’t be happier to have a partnership with Norwegian Air,” said Kent George, director of aviation for Broward County. “It’s a win for them and it’s a win for our community.”
George said the move will help ease a need for nonstop flights to the popular European destination. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport currently operates Norwegian Air flights to London, Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.
One-way flights to Paris start at $175, including taxes — about 25 percent of the price from South Florida on major legacy carriers.
Since launching in the U.S. three years ago, Norwegian has been popular with travelers thanks to its low prices, with 38 routes to Europe and the Caribbean. But the low-cost carrier has come under fire from the industry for dodging European wage rules by hiring crew from Asia.