March 1st, 2017
Norwegian Air Will Service Four Cities From Stewart Airport
When Norwegian Air starts its European flights from Stewart Airport this summer, it will initially service Dublin, Belfast, Shannon and Edinburgh for a total of 19 flights per week.
NEW WINDSOR – When Norwegian Air starts its European flights from Stewart Airport this summer, it will initially service Dublin, Belfast, Shannon and Edinburgh for a total of 19 flights per week. But, service is likely not to stop there. Airline Senior Vice President Lars Sande told an announcement ceremony at the Stewart terminal on Thursday that he expects service to grow as they expand their fleet of aircraft.
Norwegian, which flies 450 routes worldwide, is dedicating six brand new jet aircraft to the Stewart service and they have over 200 new jets on order for their entire operation.
Two of the airline’s new planes will be based at Stewart with a local, American crew and Boeing, the manufacturer of the 737s, will build a service center with 10 mechanics to maintain the fleet.
Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye said the new service will be transformative for Stewart and the region.
“We think in the first six months, we will get to 400,000 passengers here at Stewart and hundreds of thousands more as a result of Norwegian service, but other carriers taking passengers, some of whom will stay here in Orange County and the Hudson Valley, throughout other parts of New York, New Jersey and frankly, some will want to see the rest of the country, and connecting with the Norwegian flights I think is a very exciting possibility,” he said.
Sande said initial fares for the June 30-July 1 service start-up will be low.
“I think especially for the Americans, you have been way too long mistreated on high fares going to Europe, so this is a long time coming for you guys,” he said. “Ever though these fares are ridiculously low, they are going to keep on staying quite low in the future as well,” he said.
One-way fares to Dublin, Belfast and Shannon will start at $99 while one-way fares to Edinburgh will start at $65.
In addition to the travel benefits of the new service, Foye said it is expected to generate 230 jobs with $13 million in wages and some $40 million in economic opportunity for the Hudson Valley.
Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus said Stewart “has never been better” than with the Port Authority take-over 10 years ago. He had high praise for Airport Manager Ed Harrison and his staff for their hard work in attracting Norwegian.