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Shortly after Pan American Airways started off flying coming from completely new York to London in 1959, a round trip ticket cost what would certainly be $3,800 today — in economy class.

More than a half-century later, Pan Am can be long gone along with newcomer Norwegian Air Shuttle ran a special promotion with $65 one-way tickets on 10 completely new routes coming from the northeast U.S. to Ireland along with Scotland.

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Those fares sold out in less than a day. They’re also a signal which, with completely new low-cost carriers spreading their wings across the U.S., the Atlantic along with Pacific, we’re heading into a completely new golden age of affordable air travel.

The last time flying was This particular

affordable, the economy was in free fall. inside the first half of 2016, the average round trip ticket cost $369, including $23 in fees. which’s the lowest average since the depth of the financial crisis in 2009 along with 2010, according to Airlines for America, which represents nearly all the U.S. carriers.

Related: Norwegian eyes low-cost airline pact with Ryanair along with Easyjet

Airline analysts attribute cost declines inside the U.S. to falling oil prices along having a completely new generation of efficient jetliners. Another big factor: the proliferation of ultra-low cost airlines like Spirit Airlines (SAVE), Frontier Airlines along with Allegiant Airlines (ALGT) which are forcing their competitors to keep pace.

Last week, American Airlines (AAL) along with United Airlines (UAL) started off selling completely new Basic Economy fares which turn things which used to be travel staples — like access to an overhead bin along with the ability to choose your own seat — into premium extras. along with on Monday United announced dozens of completely new routes aimed at low-fare carriers.

which base Norwegian international fare, for instance, gets you a seat on the plane along having a spot inside the overhead bin. An assigned seat costs $45, a checked bag at the airport goes for $65 along with full meal service can be another $45.

There’s still a wide variation in cost depending on the route along with the region, although ticket prices are falling all over the entire world. The average round trip globally in 2017 can be required to be $351, down 63% since 1995, adjusted for inflation, according to the International Air Transport Association, which said which figure doesn’t include fees.

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The cost of flying has steadily fallen since the U.S airline industry was deregulated inside the 1970s.

While flyers have reason to celebrate, airlines (along with their investors) might not particularly happy with This particular trend.

“We are notorious in our business of racing to the bottom whenever there can be some advantage given to us along with This particular can be no exception,” said Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, the entire world’s largest international carrier in an interview with sy88pgw earlier in February. “We have reduced our fares to point of…stupidity in my view.”

U.S. airlines are posting record profits along with their shares are climbing. although in 2016 the industry’s revenue per passenger fell, along with Wall St. worries which may weigh on those profits along with stock gains. Airlines have repeatedly tried to reassure investors which trend will reverse.

sy88pgw (Seattle) First published February 28, 2017: 10:27 AM ET


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