Andrew Murphy, Shannon, Tore Jenssen, CEO, Norwegian Air International, and Uncle Sam' Aidan Fox launching the routes in 2017 Picture: Diarmuid Greene
LOW-cost airline Norwegian is to suspend one of its transatlantic routes from Shannon Airport during the ‘quieter winter season’, it has confirmed, while boosting another.
A spokesperson for Norwegian Air International said that, following a “comprehensive review of our services, we have decided to suspend some routes during the quieter winter season due to lower demand, including Shannon-Providence.”
However, Shannon Airport has confirmed that Norwegian's service to Stewart International Airport, Orange County – just 90 minutes from New York - will expand from three to four for Winter 2018/19.
In January, Norwegian had doubled its frequency from two to four flights a week on its service to Providence Green Airport, Rhode Island, located just over one hour from Boston.
The Norwegian spokesperson told the Limerick Leader this Wednesday: “There is still strong passenger demand for flights to Providence in the summer and we have already increased frequency from Shannon as a result. The Providence route will continue through October and we will continue to assess our transatlantic route performance as we confirm the route schedule for summer 2019.”
Shannon's managing director Andrew Murphy said that the airport was "very pleased that the popular New York service has been expanded for this Winter and shows the demand for the destination.
"The seasonal suspension of Providence is disappointing but is in line with other Irish and International airports which have seen similar reductions. Overall we have grown our annual transatlantic capacity with Norwegian substantially for Summer 2018. This announcement for Winter sees us maintaining similar capacity to last year, albeit with a change in the destination mix.”
Cork Airport is to lose its Providence link – its only US service – from October as part of the review, it is understood.
Norwegian’s Shannon-US services were launched amid much fanfare in July 2017, with Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos promising “more choice and lower fares for travel to the USA” as a result at the time.
In January, the budget airline confirmed it was to expand its transatlantic services from Shannon, with Chief Commercial Officer Thomas Ramdahl saying at the time: “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.
“These additional flights will give Irish passengers even more choice and are another important step in our plans for continued growth in Ireland.”