Published on February 8th, 2018 | by Alan Dwyer0
Norwegian to double capacity on Dublin – US route
Norwegian have announced that it is to operate a twice daily service on its Dublin to Stewart, New York service for the summer 2018 season. This route began service last summer and has proved very popular and Norwegian will continue with its five times weekly service to Providence, Rhode Island. Speaking at the announcement of the additional service, Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said “We are delighted to see Norwegian Airlines double its services from Dublin Airport to New York after just a year of operation, The move to a double daily service provides further choice and flexibility for both business and leisure passengers and is testament to the popularity of the new route. We wish Norwegian continued success with the New York route and its other services at Dublin Airport.”
Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer, Thomas Ramdahl said that strong demand from Irish holidaymakers and business travellers for its flights meant that “it was naturally our next move to increase capacity” in Ireland even further. “More than 130,000 passengers have flown Norwegian between Ireland and the USA since flights commenced last July, and today marks our continued expansion by introducing twice-daily Dublin-New York flights. Not only are Irish passengers benefitting from more flights to the USA, but we’re also making it easier for Americans to access Ireland and beyond at much better value.”
The doubling of Norwegian’s New York service means that Dublin Airport will have 190 transatlantic departures per week this summer. Dublin Airport, which is now the fifth largest airport in Europe for North American connectivity after Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, welcomed a record 3.5 million transatlantic passengers last year.
Passengers travelling on Norwegian’s transatlantic services can use US Pre-clearance facilities at Dublin, meaning passengers save time on arrival in the US by completing all the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure. The new service will operate from 26th April and will depart Dublin at 8.10am, arriving at Stewart International at 10.30am (local time). The original service will still depart Dublin at 14.30 and arrive at 17.30. The two return services from Stewart to Dublin will depart at 12.25 and 20.30 each day with 23.45 and 08.20 (next day) arrivals into Dublin. The services will be operated by Norwegian’s new fleet of Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft.