European low-cost airline Norwegian has announced it will start flying from Scotland and Ireland to northeastern US airports this summer. The carrier will add flights from UK airports in Edinburgh and Belfast plus Cork, Shannon and Dublin in Ireland to timetables starting 17 June 2017.
In the US, the three destinations the flights will serve are New York State’s Stewart Airport, Connecticut’s Bradley Airport and Providence Airport in Rhode Island. These airports are reasonably convenient when heading for New York City and Boston although all three are at least 60 miles from either of these cities.
Choosing airports which are not major international flight hubs like New York’s JF Kennedy is allowing Norwegian to offer tickets at prices which are guaranteed to excite those with limited budgets. Norwegian says base fares on all of the new routes are €69 (£59) and tickets for the 38 new weekly flights are already on sale on its website.
Norwegian will utilise Boeing 737 MAX on the routes. These use an average of eight per cent less fuel than comparable aircraft. The first routes to launch on June 17 will connect Edinburgh to Bradley, Stewart and Providence airports. Routes from Dublin, Shannon, Cork and Belfast will launch on 1 July.
Norwegian’s CEO is Bjorn Kjos and he told reporters the airline was delighted to be inaugurating flights which would offer smooth Transatlantic connections and low prices for travellers. He said the subsequent increase in tourism could only boost incomes for communities in Ireland, Scotland and the US.