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Published on : Thursday, June 2, 2016
In September 2015, Norwegian announced plans to launch service from Boston and New York to Cork in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The airline is also looking at further transatlantic flights to Shannon Airport in the future. Norwegian hopes to start transatlantic flights to Cork Airport later this year, once the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a foreign carrier permit to the airline’s Irish-based subsidiary, Norwegian Air International.
In a new survey administered by the leading Irish research company Red C, a nationally representative sample of 1,004 adults aged 18 and older from across the Republic of Ireland was asked about their views on the new planned service. The polling sample also included approximately 280 Munster residents.
Results from the Munster residents polled reveal that:
The survey results across the broader nation-wide sample of 1,004 adults also revealed strong support throughout Ireland for Norwegian’s service. Results from the nation-wide polling across the Republic of Ireland reveal that:
“Our plans for low-cost transatlantic flights to Cork has already received widespread support from the Irish Government, aviation authorities, airports and travel groups – this new survey reveals that the new flights also have broad public support, with passengers eager to benefit from affordable, direct new routes,” said Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos. “As we await a final decision from the U.S. authorities, this survey is a timely reminder that the views and needs of passengers should be put first. We are confident the U.S. Department of Transportation will approve Norwegian Air International’s application, which will create new jobs, more competition and affordable fares to consumers on both sides of the Atlantic.”
“The research carried out by Norwegian reinforces our long held view that transatlantic services will be a hugely positive asset to our route network at Cork Airport and there is a strong demand for these to start as soon as possible. Low cost transatlantic services from Cork will shake up the Irish marketplace and increase the choice, options and competition for consumers on both sides of the Atlantic,” Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said. “These new transatlantic services have been a long time coming and we’ve been working tirelessly with Norwegian as well as key stakeholders in Ireland, Europe and the U.S. to get the necessary U.S. Department of Transportation approval. We’d urge the U.S. authorities to make a positive announcement as soon as possible so these historic services to Boston and New York can finally become a reality.”