NEW YORK CITY (September 28, 2018) – Norwegian, the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline and Airline of the Year 2017, has reached an important milestone in its continued growth on routes from the United States to Dublin with more than 250,000 transatlantic passengers since the launch. The service launched in July 2017, when Norwegian was the first airline to operate the brand-new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to and from the U.S. The airline’s affordable flights from Greater New York City’s Stewart International Airport and Providence, Rhode Island, have generated strong demand with both Irish and American consumers who can further take advantage of affordable transatlantic fares from $99 one-way, including taxes.
Norwegian is the only airline offering nonstop flights to Dublin from both U.S. airports, and due to demand, the airline increased its Stewart to Dublin service to double-daily as of April this year. Additionally, flights from Stewart to Shannon will become daily this winter season.
On March 31, 2019, Norwegian will launch service from Hamilton/Toronto to Dublin, increasing its weekly transatlantic operations to Dublin by 33 percent. Norwegian currently has 21 weekly departures from U.S. to Dublin Airport and next summer will offer 28 weekly departures from the U.S. and Canada.
“We would like to thank all 250,000 customers for choosing Norwegian and taking advantage of our high-quality flights to the United States from Dublin Airport. Fares have been too high for too long and reaching this milestone in just over a year highlights the huge demand for lower fares on transatlantic flights. We’ve seized the opportunity for growth at Dublin Airport and moving forward we will continue to offer greater value on brand new, quieter Boeing 737 MAX aircraft,” said Matthew Wood, Senior Vice President Long-Haul Commercial, Norwegian.
“New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) is experiencing unprecedented growth, largely due to the introduction of service by Norwegian Air to Europe. Exciting things are happening here. Tourism is also growing in Hudson Valley, particularly with the arrival of Resort World Casino and LEGO Land NY, making the airport a welcoming gateway. There is increased connectivity to Manhattan with direct service from the airport to the Port Authority Bus Terminal with Stewart Airport Express, and currently underway, we have a $37 million modernization and expansion program that will also establish a permanent U.S. Customs inspection area for international passengers,” said Edmond Harrison, general manager of New York Stewart International Airport.
“As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop air access cannot be overstated – it is absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. We are delighted that Norwegian will launch a new flight from Hamilton (Ontario) to Dublin next spring. It’s more good news for Irish tourism as we begin to plan for 2019. We look forward to working with Norwegian to maximize the promotion of this new flight from Hamilton and continue to grow Canadian visitation to Dublin and the island of Ireland from Southern Ontario. The availability of low-cost flight options from more cities than ever before including two new gateways, namely New York’s Stewart International Airport and TF Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island to Dublin (as well as Shannon and Cork) has made Ireland more easily accessible to new travelers, and contributed to the continued strong growth in U.S. visitors to Ireland. Visitor arrivals from North America for the Jan- Aug, 2018 have increased by 13.2%,” said Alison Metcalfe, Executive Vice President, North America & Australia / NZ, Tourism Ireland.
Norwegian is the world’s fifth largest low-cost airline and carried 33 million passengers in 2017. The airline operates more than 500 routes to over 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean, North and South America. Norwegian has a fleet of more than 150 aircraft, with an average age of 3.7 years, making it one of the world’s youngest and “greenest” fleets.
Norwegian has been named the Most Fuel-Efficient Airline on Transatlantic Routes by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) twice. Norwegian has been voted ‘Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline’ by passengers for six consecutive years at the SkyTrax World Airline Awards 2013-2018, along with being named the ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul’ Airline’ for the past four years. Norwegian employs more than 9,000 people worldwide.