Monday 26 June 2017

Confirmed: Norwegian's US flights to include Preclearance from Dublin and Shannon

Transatlantic travel

Norwegian. Photo: Deposit
Norwegian. Photo: Deposit
US pre-clearance at Dublin Airport.
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Passengers flying from Dublin and Shannon to the US will be able to avail of US Preclearance, Independent.ie Travel can reveal.

Norwegian's first wave of transatlantic flights from Ireland takes off on July 1, with a host of new services from Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Shannon.

Whether passengers would have the option of US Preclearance, which allows them to undergo US Custom & Border Protection checks before leaving Ireland, rather than on arrival in the US, had been a source of speculation.

Today, the airline has confirmed that its new flights will include use of the US Preclearance facilities at Shannon Airport and Dublin's T2.

Passengers landing in the US from these airports will be treated as domestic arrivals, allowing them to avoid immigration queues after they arrive.

There are no US Preclearance facilities at Cork Airport.

US pre-clearance at Dublin Airport.
US pre-clearance at Dublin Airport.

However, a spokesperson for the airport said that Providence Airport has "minimum queues" so clearing checks quickly in the US "will not be an issue."

Since announcing its transatlantic routes from Irish airports last February, Norwegian has sold over 25,000 tickets, a spokesperson has said.

"These routes have been some of our fastest selling ever," he added.

Fares launched from €69 each-way, but the cheapest one-way tickets going to press start at €119, not including extras such as checked bags.

From Dublin and Shannon, Norwegian will fly to Stewart International Airport in New York State, along with Boston Providence - a gateway to New England.

Cork's Boston Providence route is its first scheduled transatlantic flight.

Norwegian has also confirmed details of a new shuttle service to transfer passengers from Stewart International Airport into New York City.

The new service, operated by Coach USA, has been timed to meet its flight arrivals at Stewart Airport, with tickets priced at $20 (stewartairportexpress.com).

The journey to Port Authority takes an hour and 20 minutes.

"The countdown is now on for these exciting new routes and we look forward to welcoming many Irish passengers on-board our affordable flights to the US this summer,” said Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer Thomas Ramdahl.

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