New Norwegian flights to Ireland from United States to boost tourist numbers

Tracy FergusonFeb 25, 2017

From Stewart, New York's Hudson Valley airport, Norwegian will be the first carrier to provide European service with four routes to Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh and Shannon.

Norwegian Air will also offer flights to Ireland and Northern Ireland from T.F. Green Airport in Providence and New York's Stewart International Airport, about 60 miles north of Manhattan. A return will cost around £200, taking into account Air Passenger Duty (APD), which is applied to flights leaving the UK. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights can not be overstated - they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. After then, the price will rise.

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Scottish Government Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf said: "I warmly welcome Norwegian's increased investment in Scotland, which will bring real benefits to Scotland's economy and connectivity". It now serves seven North American cities, including Los Angeles, Boston, New York, San Francisco and Montreal, with flights to Miami (from April 5) and Pittsburgh (from June 17) to come. But industry critics take issue with Norwegian Air International being the Irish subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA; its United States competitors have lobbed accusations that the company is trying to sidestep Scandinavian labor and safety rules.

Service to Dublin from Stewart starts on July 1 with daily flights during the summer and three times a week during the winter season; Providence will have five weekly flights that start on July 2 during the summer and three times a week during winter.

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The company's boss Bjorn Kjos said: "We are launching the new Boeing 737 planes we get this summer, and with those we'll be able to fly incredibly cheaply to the U.S.". The carrier is taking delivery of six of these jets this year, but that's just the first installment of what Sande described as a "huge order" of several hundred of the Boeing aircraft.

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Norwegian's initial transatlantic route map from Edinburgh.

. "These new flights are a starting point".

The flights will serve three destinations on the east coast of the United States, New York, Boston and New England, operating out of smaller airports in the USA that carry significantly lower landing charges that, in turn, allow Norwegian to lower their fares. Norwegian Airlines flies direct budget flights from London to Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia and Santorini.

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While the flights are at rock bottom prices, passenger will have to pay extra to buy food on board and to put luggage in the hold. From Providence, Norwegian is serving Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Shannon and Edinburgh.

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