Norwegian to expand Shannon/New York operation

Norwegian to expand Shannon/New York operation

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Norwegian Air International has confirmed that it will expand its Shannon/New York service from winter 2018.

The airline, which began services at Shannon in July 2017, is increasing its New York Stewart International Airport to a daily service commencing from 28 October 2018.

Just last week, the airline confirmed it would suspend its Boston service for the winter months but would increasing flights on the  New York route to four days a week.

Norwegian Air International has further extended the service to provide daily flights between Shannon and Stewart International Airport, located about 80 minutes north of New York City.

The increased capacity creates a major transatlantic line-up from Shannon Airport. With six airlines operating to seven destinations, Shannon now has its largest number of US services in over 17 years.

Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy said: “This expanded service will give our passengers more choice and opens up exciting opportunities for Irish people to explore amazing parts of the States and for more US visitors to explore our Wild Atlantic Way. We look forward to working closely with Norwegian to ensure the success of the expanded service. It clearly demonstrates Norwegian’s commitment at Shannon and will bring our transatlantic capacity to 565,000 seats.”

Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas: “We are delighted to have eight services to seven airports on the US east coast. It proves the Airport’s importance as a driving force for growth and creates fantastic opportunities for the business and leisure industry along the Wild Atlantic Way. This expanded service is the result of a close collaboration involving a dedicated team of Shannon Airport and Norwegian Air International. It illustrates the huge market there is for the unique Irish tourism product on this side of the island.  To have an expanded daily service to New York speaks volumes, too, about Shannon’s significance in the transatlantic market.”

Declan Power, Head of Aviation Development at Shannon Airport added: “2018 is set to be a bumper year for passenger choice on the transatlantic with services from Shannon Airport to New York JFK, New York Stewart International, Newark, Boston, Philadelphia, Providence and Toronto and all of the onward global connections from these airports.”

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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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