Have you ever wanted to go to Europe? Or to Newburgh, N.Y.? Well, you may be in luck.
Norwegian Air, a budget carrier hoping to make a name for itself in the American market, began promoting dirt-cheap, no-frills tickets from the United States to Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland last week. One eye-catching promotion even offered one-way tickets to Ireland for $65.
Are there any catches? Well, a few.
For starters, the flights, which begin this summer, do not operate out of major airports. Travelers will have to make their way to airports in Newburgh, N.Y., Providence, R.I., or Hartford, Conn., to take advantage of cheap fares to Dublin, Shannon and Cork, in Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Edinburgh, Scotland.
But perhaps more important, the heavily promoted low, low fares were a limited "introductory fare," the company said. Those tickets — which offer a kind of bare-bones intercontinental travel that American travelers may be unused to — have sold out.
"We sold over 20,000 tickets in three days," said Ben Kaufman, a spokesman for the airline. "The bulk of the $65 fares sold out in about four hours. That was beyond even our — we had good expectations but that was beyond our expectations."
Mr. Kaufman said there were still one-way tickets available for $99 and $109, the next two price tiers above a promotional price he called "ultralow." A new promotion is also scheduled for St. Patrick's Day. Nevertheless, Norwegian Air has spent the last few days apologizing on Twitter to angry consumers who wondered where the advertised deals had gone.