Norwegian Air International is to expand its Boston and New York services to Shannon Airport, Ireland, for 2018.

The airline commenced services at Shannon in July last year and is to double its frequency from two to four flights a week on its service to Providence Green Airport, Rhode Island, just over one hour from Boston.

It is also adding an extra service to Stewart International Airport, Orange County – 90 minutes from New York, increased from two to three flights a week. The extra services will begin from March 2018.

“Our new transatlantic routes from Ireland have made a strong start so we are delighted to add extra services at Shannon where our affordable flights to the US have proved particularly popular with passengers,” said Norwegian chief commercial officer Thomas Ramdahl. “These additional flights will give Irish passengers even more choice and are another important step in our plans for continued growth in Ireland.”

Andrew Murphy, Shannon Airport managing director said: “This is excellent news for Shannon and for tourism on the Wild Atlantic Way and wider region that we serve.” He added that the announcement results in an increase of over 200% in capacity by the airline in 2018.

Matthew Thomas, CEO, Shannon Group said: “We are delighted that Norwegian has chosen to grow its passenger base at Shannon. This expansion further strengthens our long haul connectivity and Shannon’s position as a key transatlantic gateway.”

Thomas added: “We will now have our largest number of US services in over 17 years, which is fantastic for the wider region and for transatlantic aviation generally. It also shows that the new model for low cost transatlantic flying is proving popular and complements our existing range of transatlantic carriers.”

Declan Power, head of aviation development at Shannon Airport said the decision by Norwegian is “further validation of the demand for transatlantic services to Shannon and a clear endorsement of popularity and success of these services. The increased capacity creates an unprecedented line-up from Shannon Airport, with six airline operating 90 flights a week to seven destinations.”

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