NORWEGIAN PORTAL TO IRELAND
After its first summer and fall season at T.F. Green Airport in Providence, RI, Norwegian Air has firmly established itself as a key player in the travel market from New England to Ireland and the British Isles.
The airline began flying between Providence and Ireland in July 2017, cultivating a whole new database of travelers looking for good value across the Atlantic. Norwegian tickets started as low as $99 one way initially and remained cheaper than more established air lines.
Through this winter, Norwegian is offering flights to Dublin three times a week, and to Cork, Shannon and Edinburgh twice weekly, which gives travelers a choice of options in the off-season.
In late March, 2018, flights to Cork increase to three times a week, Edinburgh goes six times weekly, and Shannon and Belfast, twice a week. Dublin jumps to five times a week in the spring and goes to daily at the end of May, 2018, according to Tim Pimental, Assistant Vice President, Air Service Development at the Rhode Island Airport Corporation.
Additionally, the profile of famed Irish explorer Tom Crean now graces Norwegian’s tailfins on flights to and from Cork, Shannon and Dublin. Norwegian has a tradition of honoring iconic figures painted on its planes, and Crean (1877-1938), is considered one of the world’s most famous Polar explorers.
Rhode Island ranks fifth in the country in terms of Irishness, with 17.9% of residents claiming Irish ancestry, according to the U.S. Census, so there is a strong connection with Ireland. According to the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, 64% of New Englanders live within 75 miles of Green.
Conversely, many travelers from Ireland and the British Isles like the proximity of Providence’s T.F. Green Airport, which is close to Newport, Rhode Island, a favored holiday destination among the Irish. The airport is also easily accessible to Cape Cod, Boston and New York.