Norwegian Airlines has announced 12 new transatlantic routes, with the first of the dozen flying out of Hudson Valley’s Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, to Edinburgh, Scotland.
With the debut of its highly anticipated new aircraft – the Boeing 737 MAX – Norwegian will host other flights departing from Providence, Rhode Island, and Hartford, Connecticut, starting on June 16 and 17, respectively.
Come Fourth of July weekend, the airline will have services out of Newburgh and Providence flying to Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Shannon, Ireland; Bergen, Norway; and Cork, Ireland only out of Providence.
Norwegian will be the first to operate the new aircraft to and from the United States starting this summer. Because of these new transcontinental routes, Norwegian is opening up two new bases in the United States at Stewart International Airport and at Providence’s T.F. Green Airport. The two new bases will be the third and fourth of Norwegian’s on American soil; the first two of its crew bases were opened in 2014 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida when the airline brand first launched its U.S. service.
With the expansion of the airline, Norwegian is expected to double its number of American employees. It currently employs nearly 600 Americans.
Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s chief commercial officer, said in a written release that the airline is “committed to [its] promise to bring American travelers more affordable fares and to create even more American jobs.”
Norwegian now hosts 52 transatlantic flights from 13 different airports in the United States. Flight destinations from these American airports include Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. In total, Norwegian offers 58 total transatlantic flights when including flights outside the United States, with aircrafts traveling to various locations in the French Caribbean.