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Norwegian has been slowly unveiling bits and pieces of their US expansion over the past few months. In December, they selected Stewart International Airport (SWF) as their first US base. Then, in February, they announced that Providence T.F Green Airport (PVD) has beat out Portsmouth, NH as their second base. And last week, we reported that flights from Cork, Ireland were imminent. Even with all that information, Norwegian remained pretty tight-lipped about their other planned destinations on the European side of the Atlantic.
Today, we have those details! Starting in June, Norwegian will launch flights to five European destinations from their US bases, which also includes Bradley International Airport (BDL), per TPG. As a note, summer service ends October 28, and winter service begins October 29.
Routes from Newburgh (SWF)
Stewart International Airport will see four routes:
- Starting June 15, daily service to Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI)
- Starting July 1, 3x weekly service to Belfast, Northern Ireland (BFS) in summer, 2x weekly in winter
- Starting July 1, daily service to Dublin, Ireland (DUB) in summer, 3x weekly in winter
- Starting July 2, 2x weekly service to Shannon, Ireland (SNN)
Routes from Providence (PVD)
Providence T.F. Green Airport will see five routes:
- Starting June 16, 4x weekly service to Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI) in summer, 2x weekly in winter
- Starting July 1, 2x weekly service to Belfast, Northern Ireland (BFS) in summer, no winter service
- Starting July 1, 3x weekly service to Cork, Ireland (ORK) in summer, 2x weekly in winter
- Starting July 2, 5x weekly service to Dublin, Ireland (DUB) in summer, 3x weekly service in winter
- Starting July 3, 2x weekly service to Shannon, Ireland (SNN)
Routes from Hartford (BDL)
Bradley International Airport will see one route to start:
- Starting June 17, 3x weekly service to Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI) in summer, 2x weekly in winter
On all routes, Norwegian will not face any competition, but most European cities see service to larger US cities, like Boston and New York City. Also remember that Norwegian will be flying these routes with its new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which seat ~180 in an all-economy layout. You’ll also need to pay for bag fees, seat assignments, and snacks on board, much like Spirit or Frontier.
We’ve known for a few months that Norwegian would be planning some growth in the US, but 38 weekly transatlantic flights in the summer season is far greater than I imagined at the start!