Today 23rd of February, several new transatlantic Norwegian flights to Ireland were announced for 2017 – including new flights to Cork (from TF Green Airport in Providence) and to Shannon, Belfast and Dublin from New York (Stewart International Airport) and Providence (Rhode Island).
The news were received very warmly by Tourism Ireland as the flights, which will commence in early July, were regarded as a boost for Irish tourism from the all-important US market, as they increase the options of prospective American visitors living in the North East.
Counting these flights, the total number of transatlantic airline seats this summer will experience an increase of 20%, reaching 60,000 compared to summer 2016.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is excellent news for tourism to the island of Ireland for 2017. We look forward to working closely with Norwegian to maximise the promotion of these new routes from New York and Providence. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Norwegian, as well as with Dublin, Belfast, Shannon and Cork Airports, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for these new flights.”
Niall Gibbons continued: “In 2016, we welcomed a record 1.6 million North American visitors to the island of Ireland. Looking to the year ahead, we are confident that our strategy – combined with more airline seats than ever before from the US, a strong dollar, as well as the strength and competitiveness of the vacation experience right around the island of Ireland – will deliver further growth.”
More information ireland.com