Norwegian to launch new Ireland-US services
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Norwegian Air has announced plans to launch direct, low-cost flights from Boston and New York to Cork, Ireland – the only transatlantic flights to operate to Cork Airport – as well as onward services from Cork to Barcelona.
The new routes are part of the airline’s transatlantic expansion plans and were confirmed in a letter from Norwegian’s CEO Bjorn Kjos to Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe.
“This is only the beginning of our plans for new routes in Ireland, but our expansion relies on the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) finally approving Norwegian Air International’s application for a foreign carrier permit. Once we have the DOT’s approval, it will unlock the door for these exciting new routes, which will in turn create more competition, more choice and better fares for business and leisure passengers on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Kjos. “Norwegian is leading the way in offering affordable transatlantic travel and with the new aircraft we have on order, we are excited to offer our high-quality, low-cost service from the US to Cork.”
This is the sixth route out of Boston Logan International Airport the airline has announced in the last few months. In June, Norwegian announced it will launch flights to Guadeloupe and Martinique in the French Caribbean, starting December 3; and more recently, it announced long-haul service to Copenhagen, London and Oslo, also commencing May 2016.
The Boston to Cork service planned for May 2016 will operate 4-5 flights per week, using a Boeing 737-800.
The New York to Cork service planned for 2017, will operate using the new Boeing 737MAX, for which Norwegian will be the manufacturer’s European launch customer.
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