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Thursday, June 01, 2017
This is another big announcement at Green. It comes on the heels of last week's announcement of Frontier flying from Green to Orlando and Denver.
To accommodate the growth from T. F. Green Airport, Norwegian will open its fourth American crew base in Providence this summer.
“We are excited to increase our presence in Rhode Island. With eight routes to such exciting and vastly different destinations as the French Caribbean, Scotland, Ireland, Norway and Northern Ireland, we can truly offer the millions of people in and around Providence a variety of travel options based on their interests,” said Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer.
“This is Norwegian’s third announcement for new service at T. F Green Airport in just a few months. Norwegian is now the largest international airline at PVD offering eight nonstop destinations, which mirrors the nonstop destinations offered by our largest domestic carrier. We truly appreciate this commitment and ongoing partnership with Norwegian, and look forward to growing the international market out of Providence together,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC).
House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi, said, “This further commitment by Norwegian is great news for T. F. Green Airport, the City of Warwick and our state. The airport is a true engine for economic development, and I’m delighted that Norwegian continues to grow its crew base and expand into new markets from T. F. Green.”
“Last Wednesday we were here for the announcement of another new airline that will be flying from PVD”, said Mayor Scott Avedisian. “A week later we are back to celebrate two more exciting additions provided by Norwegian Airlines. The new service to the French Caribbean, providing lower fares to the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe, will undoubtedly help T. F. Green build momentum and position itself as a top competitor within the aviation industry. Again, these accomplishments are a direct reflection of the hardworking and dedicated team at the Rhode Island Airport Corporation.”
“The new connection from Providence, with its great proximity to both Boston and Connecticut, is exciting as it will allow more American travelers much smoother and more affordable access to the Guadeloupe Islands. In the last two years, our French Caribbean archipelago has become the top emerging market for Americans thanks to major media recognition, new flights and now almost daily flights out of New York City, as well as flights from Fort Lauderdale,” said Sandra Venite, USA Director, Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board.
“With an almost 200% increase in U.S. visitors last year, Martinique is thrilled to welcome even more American travelers from the New England area as Norwegian is opening its nonstop route from Providence to our island. Our award-winning island will roll out blue waters, green trails, a red carpet and a warm welcome to all. A vacation in Martinique is a superb experience; there is a ‘je ne sais quoi’ to be remembered in its vibrant culture, délicieuse cuisine, magnificent gardens and, most importantly, in the warmth of its people. Thanks to Norwegian, Martinique is now more affordable and accessible than ever,” said Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas of the Martinique Promotion Bureau.
Now, Norwegian offers 52 transatlantic flights from 13 U.S. airports to Denmark, France, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well six routes to the French Caribbean, totaling 58 routes out of the United States. Upcoming 2017 launches from the Green Airport include: Providence to Edinburgh (June 16), Providence to Belfast (July 1); Providence to Bergen (July 1); Providence to Dublin (July 2); Providence to Cork (July 3); Providence to Shannon (July 3); Providence to Guadeloupe (October 29); Providence to Martinique (October 30). Passengers on all of Norwegian’s routes are eligible to join Norwegian Reward, the airline’s frequent flyer program and can earn CashPoints every time they fly, stay at a hotel or drive a rental car.
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Where can you fly direct from T.F. Green?
Five direct destinations were announced on Thursday -
Belfast, Northern Ireland
How much are the fares?
The initial flights are truly $65, but the 10,000 allotted tickets sold out before 6 p.m. on the first day.
The fares are now $99 each way.
As RI Governor Gina Raimondo said at the press conference about the $65 fare - "it is just $12 an hour."
Will they be adding other destinations?
Yes, already one new route is coming online in the near future.
It is rumored to be to Norway.
And there are strong efforts by Rhode Island officials to encourage more direct flights to more European cities.
How many other Americans go to Ireland every year?
According to Irish travel officials, 1.4 million Americans traveled to Ireland in 2016.
Ireland captured 10% of all the Americans traveling to Europe.
How many jobs will be created?
Initially, 75 Rhode Island-based employees will be hired and that is expected to immediately grow to 200. Additionally, direct jobs tied to the expansion are expected to create another 200.
Included in these first 75 are the flight crews. Pilots on average earn $120,000 to $250,000.
What is the weekly schedule?
• Year-round service to Edinburgh from Providence: Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays starting June 16; Service will be reduced on certain routes during the winter 2017/2018 season.
• Service to Belfast will be twice weekly from Providence as of July 2. Days of operations will change between the summer 2017 and the winter 2017/2018 winter season.
• Service to Dublin from Providence: Flights will operate five weekly flights starting July 2. Days of operations from Providence will change between the summer 2017 and the winter 2017/2018 winter season.
• Service to Shannon from Providence will begin on July 3 with twice-weekly flights. Days of operations will change between the summer 2017 and the winter 2017/2018 winter season.
• Year-round service to Cork from Providence will start on July 1 with three weekly flights. Days of operations will change between the summer 2017 and the winter 2017/2018 winter season.
Why is this such a “game changer” for Rhode Island’s economy?
In the early 1990s, then-Governor Bruce Sundlun envisioned and realized a redevelopment and expansion of T.F. Green. The airport exploded. When Southwest Airlines came, the airport reached new popularity and transformed as a significant alternative to Logan, but over the past few years competition took its toll on Green.
Now, Sundlun's dream and vision of Green being an international hub is becoming real. The airport has the opportunity to be a spark to international tourism and business.
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