13 FEBRUARY 2017
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Plans for a new direct flight between Belfast and the US are under consideration by Norwegian as part of a package of new routes from Europe to destinations including New York and Boston, according to reports.
Such a development would be welcomed at Belfast, which last month saw the last United Airlines flight from the city to New York take off after the carrier pulled the plug blaming poor traffic figures.
Norwegian’s plans have come into focus after the airline confirmed to USA Today that Providence in Rhode Island was to be the second of two new bases in the US north east for transatlantic flights the airline plans to operate with its new B737 MAX aircraft.
Stewart International Airport in New York State, about 70 miles from midtown Manhattan, has already been earmarked by Norwegian as the first of the locations where it plans to base crews for the new fleet.
Deliveries of the 737s are scheduled to begin by the middle of this year with Norwegian planning to serve multiple Europe points from each of the two chosen airports, Stewart for the NY catchment area and Providence for Boston and New England.
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