- Latvian budget airline Primera Air has announced it will launch flights from London Stansted to Washington Dulles airport just days after revealing that it is ditching plans for a Birmingham to Boston service, which was due to start in June. The airline is also cutting back frequency on its new Birmingham to New York Newark service, which will launch on May 18. Instead, it will fly five times a week from Stansted to Washington, starting on August 22. Fares will start at £199 one way.
• Beginning April 26, Norwegian is starting additional twice-daily service using new 189-seat Boeing 737MAX aircraft between Dublin International Airport and Stewart International Airport, which is 70 miles north of Times Square in New York City. A new early morning departure at 8.10 am will be the earliest flight from Dublin to New York, which lands at 10:30 am local time. The flight schedule will give passengers several hours to shop at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in New York State and depart for Dublin at 8:30pm the same evening.
Travelers from Dublin arriving at Stewart International have the option of direct shuttle bus services into New York City timed to meet Norwegian’s flight arrivals. A new shuttle service will be offered to Woodbury Common for passengers arriving on the new morning flight from Dublin. Shuttle buses departing Woodbury Common will be timed for passengers to arrive at the airport three hours before Norwegian’s evening flight departures from March 24.
Stewart International will be renamed New York Stewart International airport as part of a $37 million upgrade to better handle increased international passenger numbers.
- WOW air, Iceland’s low-fare transatlantic airline, will officially begin service out of New York JFK on April 27. Travelers still have the option to fly out of Newark (EWR) as well, with a total of 20 weekly flights from both JFK and EWR. As of spring 2018, the airline will service 38 destinations across Europe and North America, including Dublin, London, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen and Tel Aviv.
- On Feb. 28, Norwegianopened its second route between Paris and New York, starting a six times weekly service from Paris Orly to Newark (EWR). The route complements the carrier’s six times weekly operation between Paris Charles De Gaulle airport.
- Also from Norwegian: In the United States, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis are among East Coast and Midwest destinations under consideration for eight new A321neo LR aircraft, due for delivery in 2019 for service from 2020. The aircraft may also be used on Middle East routes.