Norwegian to expand Shannon-US services

Norwegian to expand Shannon-US services

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Shannon Airport has welcomed news that Norwegian Air International is to expand its Boston and New York services to Shannon for 2018.

The airline, which commenced services at Shannon in July last year, is to double its frequency from two to four flights a week on its service to Providence Green Airport, Rhode Island, just over one hour from Boston.

In addition, it is adding an extra service to Stewart International Airport, Orange County – just 90 minutes from New York, increasing from two to three flights a week. The extra services will kick-in from March 2018.

Norwegian Chief Commercial Officer Thomas Ramdahl said: “Our new transatlantic routes from Ireland have made a strong start so we are delighted to add extra services at Shannon where our affordable flights to the US have proved particularly popular with passengers. These additional flights will give Irish passengers even more choice and are another important step in our plans for continued growth in Ireland.”

Welcoming the announcement, Andrew Murphy, Shannon Airport Managing Director said: “This is excellent news for Shannon and excellent news for tourism on the Wild Atlantic Way and wider region that we serve. This announcement clearly demonstrates Norwegian’s commitment at Shannon and results in an increase of over 200% in capacity by the airline in 2018.”

Commenting on its significance, Matthew Thomas, CEO, Shannon Group said: “We are delighted that Norwegian has chosen to grow its passenger base at Shannon. This expansion further strengthens our long haul connectivity and Shannon’s position as a key transatlantic gateway.  We will now have our largest number of US services in over 17 years, which is fantastic for the wider region and for transatlantic aviation generally.  It also shows that the new model for low cost transatlantic flying is proving popular and complements our existing range of transatlantic carriers.

“Shannon is the gateway airport to one of the most spectacular scenic regions in the world, the Wild Atlantic Way.  There’s a growing demand for this uniquely Irish tourism product and, as the key access airport to it across British, European and US markets, we’re doing all we can to ensure that we have the services here to meet the demand.”

Said Declan Power, Head of Aviation Development at Shannon Airport: “We’ve always had confidence in our transatlantic offering and the decision by Norwegian is further validation of the demand for transatlantic services to Shannon and a clear endorsement of popularity and success of the these services. The increased capacity creates an unprecedented line-up from Shannon Airport, with six airlines operating 90 flights a week to seven destinations”

Norwegian Air International will operate with a B737 Max aircraft on the routes – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Flights from Shannon to Providence Green Airport, Rhode Island will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays departing Shannon at 15:30.

Flights to Stewart International Airport, Orange County, will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays departing Shannon at 15.40. All flights will use Shannon’s unique US Pre-clearance service.

Seats are on sale on at www.norwegian.com/ie

 

 

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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.

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