Published on April 13th, 2018 | by Alan Dwyer0
Shannon Airport welcomes Norwegian expansion of New York service
Shannon Airport has welcomed the announcement by Norwegian Air International that it will expand its Shannon/New York service from winter 2018. The airline, which began services at Shannon in July 2017, is increasing its New York Stewart International Airport to a daily service, with the additional services commencing from the beginning of the Winter schedule on 28 October 2018.
This is further good news for Shannon airport. In January the airline announced that it would increase its New York service from two a week from the previous winter. The news of the move to a daily service further strengthens Shannon’s long haul connectivity and its position as an important transatlantic gateway. The increased capacity creates a major transatlantic line-up from Shannon Airport. With six airlines operating to seven destinations, Shannon now has its largest number of US services in over 17 years.
Welcoming the announcement Andrew Murphy, Managing Director, Shannon Airport said: “This expanded service will give our passengers more choice and opens up exciting opportunities for Irish people to explore amazing parts of the States and for more US visitors to explore our Wild Atlantic Way. We look forward to working closely with Norwegian to ensure the success of the expanded service. It clearly demonstrates Norwegian’s commitment at Shannon and will bring our transatlantic capacity to 565,000 seats.”
Said Matthew Thomas CEO, Shannon Group: “We are delighted to have eight services to seven airports on the US east coast. It proves the Airport’s importance as a driving force for growth and creates fantastic opportunities for the business and leisure industry along the Wild Atlantic Way. This expanded service is the result of a close collaboration involving a dedicated team of Shannon Airport and Norwegian Air International. It illustrates the huge market there is for the unique Irish tourism product on this side of the island. To have an expanded daily service to New York speaks volumes, too, about Shannon’s significance in the transatlantic market.”
The announcement is an added boost following a review of Norwegian’s transatlantic services which resulted in the suspension of its Shannon and Edinburgh routes to Providence this winter. Cork Airport has also lost out with Norwegian as they have pulled their winter transatlantic service to New York-Stewart International due to ‘lower demand’ but will return for the Summer 2019 season.