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Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh and Shannon airports to welcome Norwegian flights to US East Coast this summer

Dublin Airport has welcomed Norwegian's announcement that it will launch 12 weekly transatlantic flights to the US east coast this summer.

The airport says that Norwegian will operate seven weekly services to New York State's Stewart International Airport and five flights to Providence, Rhode Island, from July 1.

Stewart is just 90 minutes from New York City and Providence is a 90 minute drive from Boston and world-famous locations such as Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

Dublin Airport's managing director, Vincent Harrison, said he was thrilled to see Norwegian expanding its services from Dublin Airport.
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“We are delighted that Norwegian will start services to the east coast of the US this summer," he enthuses.

“Transatlantic traffic has tripled at Dublin Airport since 2010 and these two new routes from Norwegian mean that 19 new transatlantic services have been added to our route network since 2011.

“These new routes offer great choice and flexibility for both business and leisure customers."

Norwegian's chief executive, Bjorn Kjos, says: “These ambitious new transatlantic routes simply wouldn’t have been possible without the significant support we have received throughout Ireland over the last three years. 

"We are hugely grateful for this continued support and are delighted to finally unveil our transatlantic plans with groundbreaking fares and never before seen routes.” 

And Dublin won't be alone in welcoming Norwegian this summer as Cork, Shannon and Edinburgh airports all revealed today that the low-cost carrier will launch flights from their airports this summer.

Indeed, Nowegian will launch new direct weekly flights from Cork to Providence, from Edinburgh to Stewart, Providence and Connecticut, and from Shannon to Stewart and Providence from July 1.

“It has been a long and challenging journey to secure the services and the licences necessary to get our transatlantic services up and flying. However, we stayed with it all the way, partnering with Norwegian and with the support of our local stakeholders we got there,” enthuses Cork Airport's managing director, Niall MacCarthy.

“Today’s announcement is not just about a new route, it also heralds low-cost transatlantic access. Norwegian will do for low-cost transatlantic services what Ryanair and others have done for low-cost European services. 

"On that basis, we are really thrilled with today’s news. Cork Airport, already the Republic of Ireland’s second busiest airport, is now also Ireland’s newest transatlantic airport.

“Today’s breakthrough presents great opportunities to further grow tourism in the South of Ireland in future years. Passenger growth in 2017, which is already underway, will come on top of the 8% passenger growth we delivered in Cork Airport last year. 

"We look forward to welcoming US visitors directly onto our tarmac for the first time this July with knock on benefits to regional tourism. Equally, we look forward to providing our friendly and convenient customer service in a modern terminal setting to Irish passengers travelling to the United States.” 

Edinburgh Airport’s chief executive, Gordon Dewar, says: “These new low-cost direct services between Scotland’s capital city and the east coast of America are a real game-changer – making travel between these two parts of the world easier than ever before and opening up possibilities to more business and leisure passengers than ever before.

 “Norwegian is a great innovative partner for Edinburgh Airport and we look forward to working with them in synergy and delivering more choice, opportunity, jobs and economic growth here in Scotland.”

Meanwhile Shannon claims that its twice weekly services create an unprecedented line-up to the USA, with five airlines, seven destinations and eight services.
Shannon CEO

Welcoming the announcement, Matthew Thomas, CEO of Shannon Group, which owns and operates Shannon Airport, says:  “This is a very significant announcement for Shannon, for the wider region we serve and for transatlantic aviation generally. 

"It not only brings another new carrier to Shannon, giving us our largest number of US services in over 17 years, but it’s introduces a new model  of low cost flying for transatlantic aviation. 

“Shannon has been at the forefront of so many major global breakthroughs in aviation and this is another. 

"It supports the government’s objectives on balanced regional development. We look forward to working closely with Norwegian Air International in making these services a success.”
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While Andrew Murphy, Shannon Airport's managing director notes: “We engaged first with Norwegian Air International on this as far back as 2014 so we are delighted it has finally come to fruition.  

"It reaffirms yet again Shannon Airport’s status and contribution as the premier gateway between this side of the island and the US. We are particularly delighted to be welcoming the 737 MAX aircraft, the newest technology on the transatlantic.

“Stewart International Airport gives us further access to New York, the most popular city for tourism and business travel between Ireland and the US, with the airport less than 90 minutes from Manhattan."

Norwegian is Europe’s third largest low-cost carrier, carrying 30 million yearly passengers to more than 140 global destinations. 

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