Shannon Airport welcomes Norwegian service expansion

Shannon Airport has welcomed this week’s 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 the new transatlantic routes from Ireland have made a strong start so they are delighted to add extra services at Shannon where 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,” he said.

Welcoming the announcement, Andrew Murphy, Shannon Airport Managing Director said this excellent news for Shannon and excellent news for tourism on the Wild Atlantic Way and wider region that they 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,” he added.

Commenting on its significance, Matthew Thomas, CEO, Shannon Group said this expansion further strengthens Shannon’s long haul connectivity and its 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,” he said

Declan Power, Head of Aviation Development at Shannon Airport said they have always had confidence in their 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. Flights from Shannon to Providence Green Airport, Rhode Island will operate on Monday’s, Wednesday, Friday’s and Sunday’s departing Shannon at 15:30. The Stewart International Airport, Orange County, will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday departing Shannon at 15.40. All flights will use Shannon’s unique US Preclearance service.

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