High-flying Norwegian to increase US flights
Scandinavian airline Norwegian is to add a second daily service to its Dublin-New York route from April for the summer season.
It's also increasing its summer service from Shannon, doubling the frequency of flights to Providence, Rhode Island, from two to four a week, and adding a third weekly flight to New York.
Norwegian said it was adding the additional flights due to the level of demand from both leisure and business travellers for the services.
The airline flies to Stewart International Airport, in upstate New York which is about 100km from Manhattan.
Its service to Providence is designed to primarily cater for passengers travelling to Boston.
A spokesman for Norwegian said the double-daily service between Dublin and Stewart International may become a year-round service if there's sufficient demand.
Norwegian launched flights from Ireland to the United States last year, after years spent trying to secure permission from the US government for the low-cost services.
It uses new, single-aisle, Boeing 737 Max aircraft on its routes from Ireland. It also flies to Providence from Cork.
Norwegian chief commercial officer Thomas Ramdahl said that more than 130,000 passengers have flown between Ireland and the United States since services started last July.
Meanwhile, Dublin Airport ended 2017 as the 15th busiest airport in Europe, according to data from Airports Council International.
Dublin's 29.6 million passengers last year made it busier than airports including those at Zurich, Manchester or Brussels.
The busiest European airport remained London Heathrow, with 78 million passengers.