Published on November 9th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Norwegian flies 100,000 passengers between Shannon and USA

Norwegian have now surpassed the 100,000 passenger milestone between Shannon and the USA since routes were launched. Norwegian commenced services from Shannon Airport in July 2017 with four weekly direct flights to New York Stewart International Airport and Providence International Airport.

These smaller airports are convenient gateways to New York City and Boston that give passengers a faster and simpler transit experience than some major airports in the region after benefiting from US Preclearance facilities at Shannon Airport.

Norwegian offers year-round flights from Shannon to the USA with up to nine weekly departures – a 125 per cent increase in flights since the routes were launched. From 31st March 2019, the carrier resumes its seasonal route from Shannon to Providence (Boston) with four flights per week and will increase its New York route from three to five weekly departures.

Matthew Wood, SVP Commercial at Norwegian said: “We’re delighted to reach an important milestone in our continued growth by serving more than 100,000 customers between Shannon Airport and the USA. We would like to thank all our customers for choosing Norwegian.

Andrew Murphy, Managing Director, Shannon Airport said: “We are delighted with the success of Norwegian’s services and for this we thank Norwegian for choosing Shannon and our loyal airport community for supporting the services.

Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde became Norwegian’s second Irish ‘tail fin hero’ who joins explorer Tom Crean by having his portrait adorn a Boeing 737 MAX and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Norwegian honours iconic figures on the tails of its aircraft that reflect the spirit of Norwegian by pushing boundaries, challenging the norm and inspiring others.

Oscar Wilde features on the tail of 787-8 G-CKWN and 737-8 MAX LN-BKA.

Norwegian continues growth in October

Norwegian carried 3,388,898 passengers in October, an increase of 240,387 passengers (8 percent) compared to the same month last year. The total traffic growth (RPK) increased by 25 percent, driven by a 29 percent capacity growth (ASK). The load factor was 85 percent.

“We are very pleased that an increasing number of passengers choose Norwegian for their travels. The long-haul routes represent the largest growth this month and the demand is satisfactory. However, we are now entering a period of lower demand, tough competition and high oil prices, making it even more important for the company to continue reducing its costs,” said CEO Bjørn Kjos of Norwegian.

In general, the yield development is positive, but is negatively affected by the fact that the company now operates a greater number of longer flights than the same month last year. As the revenue per passenger kilometre is lower on longer flights the company’s total yield falls when the share of long-haul flights increases. Norwegian operated 99.4 percent of the scheduled flights in October, of which 79.7 percent departed on time, up 1.4 percentage points compared to the same month last year.

The company took delivery of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 in October. In total, Norwegian will take delivery of 11 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, 12 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and two Boeing 737-800 aircraft this year which will bring its average fleet age to 3.7 years.

Shannon Airport wins ERA award for third time

Shannon Airport has received major recognition from the European airline community after being chosen as this year’s winner of the Airport of the Year Award from the European Regions Airline Association (ERA). This is the Airport’s third win, having secured the prestigious title in 2014 and 2015.

The award was announced at a gala event at the ERA’s annual General Assembly, held this year in Edinburgh. The Airport of the Year Award is intended to recognise airports which have had a positive impact on intra-European air transport operations and which recognise the importance of airline-airport partnerships. Previous winners of the award include London City, Budapest and Munich Airports.

Announcing the award, ERA Director General, Montserrat Barriga said, “Our Airport of the Year Award winner Shannon Airport has successfully managed an existential crisis of the airport’s runway requiring complete renewal. To do this, Shannon Airport achieved €15m of external investment and managed to keep the airport open throughout the project. Remarkably, the project was finished six weeks ahead of schedule and also under budget. Shannon Airport continues to maintain its role as a key part of the community, providing essential connectivity for the region, and I am delighted that it has won this prestigious award this year.”

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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