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23 Feb 2017

Tourism Ireland welcomes announcement of new Norwegian flights to Cork, Shannon, Belfast and Dublin from the United States

New flights from New York (Stewart International Airport) and Providence (Rhode Island) are good news for tourism in 2017

Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Norwegian of new transatlantic services to the island of Ireland for 2017 – including new flights to Cork (from TF Green Airport in Providence) and to Shannon, Belfast and Dublin from New York (Stewart International Airport) and Providence (Rhode Island). These flights will commence in early July and will certainly help boost tourism from the all-important US market, offering more choice to prospective American visitors living in the North East.

Today’s announcement means the total number of transatlantic airline seats this summer will be 60,000, from 20 North American gateways to the island of Ireland – that’s 10,000 additional seats (+20%) compared to summer 2016.  

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is excellent news for tourism to the island of Ireland for 2017. We look forward to working closely with Norwegian to maximise the promotion of these new routes from New York and Providence. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Norwegian, as well as with Dublin, Belfast, Shannon and Cork Airports, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for these new flights.”

Niall Gibbons continued: “In 2016, we welcomed a record 1.6 million North American visitors to the island of Ireland. Looking to the year ahead, we are confident that our strategy – combined with more airline seats than ever before from the US, a strong dollar, as well as the strength and competitiveness of the vacation experience right around the island of Ireland – will deliver further growth.”

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 220,000 people.
  • In 2016, we welcomed approximately 10.5 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.4 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 19.37 million visitors in 2016.