Low-cost airline Norwegian announced ten new routes and 38 weekly transatlantic flights from Edinburgh, Belfast, Cork, Shannon and Dublin to greater New York, Boston and New England areas.
The flights will serve three destinations on the US east coast, with a focus on smaller US airports as these airports offer good access to the New York, Boston and New England areas but carry significantly lower landing charges, allowing Norwegian to offer affordable fares that will allow as many people as possible to fly.
The new transatlantic routes will be operated on brand new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Norwegian is the European launch customer for this state-of-the-art new aircraft which offers a longer range and greater seat capacity than existing single-aisle aircraft. Passengers will be able to travel in a fresh and modern single-class economy cabin with hot and cold food options available to purchase onboard.
- Double-daily transatlantic flights from Edinburgh: From 15th June 2017, Norwegian will launch new direct services from Edinburgh to Stewart International Airport, Providence Airport, and Bradley International Airport.
- The only direct transatlantic flights from Belfast: From 1st July 2017, Norwegian will launch direct services from Belfast International to Stewart International Airport and Providence Airport.
- The first ever transatlantic flights from Cork, and new US routes from Dublin and Shannon: From 1st July, Norwegian will the first ever transatlantic flights from Cork with a service to Providence Airport, together with new US routes from Shannon and Dublin to Stewart International Airport and Providence.
Norwegian already operates low-cost flights to eight major US cities from London Gatwick. The addition of new routes to smaller US airports now offers even greater choice and ground-breaking fares to passengers in other parts of the UK and Ireland.
The US airports the new routes will serve are:
- Stewart International (SWF) which is conveniently situated in New York state, 90 minutes away from the Big Apple
- Providence, Rhode Island (PVD) which is centrally located for New England’s key points of interest, with Boston 90 minutes away, together with Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard also within reach
- Bradley International (BDL) located in the heart of Connecticut, two hours away from New York City and Boston, and a gateway to the many attractions of New England
Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said:
“We are pleased to announce our new highly-anticipated transatlantic routes. Our new, non-stop service will enable tens of thousands of new travelers to fly between the continents much more affordably. Norwegian’s latest transatlantic offering is not only great news for the traveling public, but also for the local U.S, Irish and UK economies as we will bring more tourists that will increase spending, supporting thousands of local jobs.
“We are excited to finally be able to launch services to the US from Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, and we would like to express a big gratitude for the extensive support from consumer groups, government officials, airports, and the travel and tourism industry on both sides of the Atlantic in our quest to offer affordable transatlantic flights for all.”