Norwegian commences low-cost long-haul between Ireland and the US

Norwegian’s Cork to Providence

Norwegian Cork

Celebrations were in full swing at Cork Airport to celebrate the start of Norwegian’s first flight to Providence, the Irish airport’s first-ever scheduled transatlantic service. Among the celebrations were cheerleaders and American football team the Cork Admirals. Seen with them, and Uncle Sam, is Niall MacCarthy, MD of Cork Airport and Tore Jenssen, CEO of Norwegian International. Flights will operate between Cork and Providence year-round. Click here to take a closer look at the festivities that took place at Cork Airport where was live covering the launch.

Shannon Norwegian

Norwegian commenced two US routes from Shannon this week, one to Providence and the other to Stewart, with both scheduled to operate twice-weekly. Seen on the apron at Shannon Airport, along with another Uncle Sam, are Andrew Murphy, MD of Shannon Airport and Tore Jenssen, CEO of Norwegian International.

Norwegian Belfast International

Belfast International baked a cake to celebrate the start of Norwegian’s first flights to Providence and Stewart. Seen posing with the cake alongside the first flight crew is Graham Keddie, MD of Belfast International Airport.

Along with its foray of new long-haul routes to the US this week, Norwegian has also begun a weekly (Saturdays) service between Helsinki and Varna in Bulgaria. The Finnish airport celebrated the new service with a beach party at the gate, along with a chocolate bake being the selected calorific wonder of choice for passengers to tuck into before boarding. The 1,909-kilometre route is the only one launched by Norwegian this week that will face direct competition.

  • Norwegian between 1 and 3 July commenced part II of its low-cost long-haul 737-800-operated venture across the Atlantic, following on from the launch of three routes from Edinburgh in June. The carrier now links Belfast International (BFS), Cork (ORK), Dublin (DUB) and Shannon (SNN) airports to the US, while links from Bergen (BGO) to Providence (PVD) and Stewart (SWF) have also begun. Along with these transatlantic services, back in Europe it has added a 1,909-kilometre link between Helsinki (HEL) and Varna (VAR). This is also the only route launched this week that will face direct competition. Take a closer look at’s live coverage of Norwegian’s launch between Cork and Providence, the Irish airport’s first scheduled transatlantic flight. See how Cork Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
01-Jul Belfast International (BFS) Providence (PVD) B738 (2)  
Stewart (SWF) B738 (3)  
Cork (ORK) Providence (PVD)  
Dublin (DUB) Stewart (SWF) B738 (7)  
Helsinki (HEL) Varna (VAR) B738 (1) Finnair (1), Thomas Cook
Airlines Scandinavia (1)
02-Jul Bergen (BGO) Providence (PVD) B738 (2)  
Dublin (DUB) B738 (5)  
Shannon (SNN) Stewart (SWF) B738 (2)  
03-Jul Bergen (BGO)  
Shannon (SNN) Providence (PVD)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 04 July 2017. WF = Weekly Frequency.

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