New transatlantic services set to take off

New transatlantic services set to take off


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

The strength of the tourism across the regions will be emphasised on Sunday when Shannon Airport operates its largest number of transatlantic destinations in 17 years with the commencement of two Norwegian Air International services.

Two weekly flights to Stewart International Airport, Orange County – just 90 minutes from New York – and two weekly flights to Providence Green Airport, Rhode Island will be added to the already strong Shannon US schedule.

The new services create an unprecedented line-up to the USA from Shannon Airport, with five airlines serving seven destinations.

Looking ahead to the commencement of the new services on Sunday 2nd July, Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas said:  “This is a remarkable day in many respects.  It heralds another new carrier at Shannon and what’s most notable here is that Norwegian Air International, a new transatlantic operator, not only chose Shannon but is introducing the second largest number of flights at any airport here. That clearly demonstrates the strength of the market for Shannon transatlantic services.

“Beyond that, the range of Shannon’s US flights is striking.  We will now have seven destinations on our programme to the US. There is no other European airport of our size with anything comparable to our level of US connectivity.  These services, combined with our passenger friendly US pre-clearance facilities, mean that our customers arrive stateside as domestic passenger.”

Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy said: “This speaks volumes again about the US market for the west and south of Ireland.  With the success of the Wild Atlantic Way, in particular, it reaffirms Shannon’s position as the premier access for what is fast becoming a global tourism phenomenon.  That’s a proud piece for us as we know the huge effort that has gone into making the tourism offering across the Wild Atlantic Way, from Cork right up to Donegal, a world-class product.

“We’ve worked hard to support that and Sunday next is another breakthrough in that regard for Shannon and the region. It’s up to us all, the airline, ourselves, the tourism agencies and the public now to make this and our other transatlantic services a success for the betterment of the region.”

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

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.