Norwegian unveils cheap flights to USA from Irish cities
Feb 24 2017 by Harriet Stone
Year-round flights from those airports to Edinburgh will begin in June. "We think that it was our fastest launch sale ever", he added. Among the factors keeping Norwegian's costs down: lower fees charged by the selected airports as compared to more sizable worldwide departure points.
As for the new routes coming to the U.S. Northeast, Norwegian will fly nonstop from Newburgh to Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dublin; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Shannon, Ireland.
Flights to Dublin will be offered five times per week in the summer and three times per week in the winter.
Shannon will get twice weekly flights to both airports.
In order to offer such cut-throat pricing, however, arrivals are at smaller USA airports that come with lower landing charges for the airline.
The era of cheap flights to Europe is officially upon us.
The airline's chief executive Bjorn Kjos said: "Norwegian is shaking up transatlantic travel once again with ground-breaking fares and never before seen routes".
However, the Justice and Transportation Departments revealed that Norwegian's application was controversial within the aviation business. Unlike the rest of Norwegian, NAI is based in Dublin, instead of in Norway. "These cities allow us to offer direct flights on the 737 MAX", he said.
One-way tickets from Dublin to NY on other airlines now sits at roughly £522 for mid-June.
But the true secret sauce is the jets that will make this possible: the brand-new Boeing 737 MAX, a long-range version of the familiar single-aisle plane, a workhorse that is more typically found on domestic routes.
Norwegian Air International has confirmed transatlantic flights from €69 euro from Clare's Airport to NY and Rhode Island from July 1st. Norwegian Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Thomas Ramdahl said the Norwegian is dedicated to "offering United Kingdom passengers even more choice and lower fares than ever before" to popular European destinations.
It announced the plans at Cork Airport on Thursday.
"Availability of the fares advertised for each scheduled flight is extremely limited", Norwegian warns customers on its website.
The Minister for Housing Simon Coveney described the launch of transatlantic flights from Cork as momentous.
Having worked closely with Belfast International, he said he was pleased that financial support from his departmenthad helped bring in the new airline.
The move can be a huge boost for smaller businesses and tourism.