Seat sales for Cork-US flights are going well

Seat sales for Cork-US flights are going well
The first Norwegian transatlantic flights from Cork will feature Tom Crean on the tail fin.

SEAT sales on the upcoming flights from Cork to the US are selling well, according to staff at Norwegian.

The confirmation comes just under two months ahead of the first flight from Cork to Boston / Providence.

The flights were confirmed amid much fanfare in February after a long campaign locally, nationally and internationally to secure support.

The three-times weekly flights will commence on July 1, with Norwegian confirming that 1,500 seats were booked within the first 24-hours of sale.

Almost three months later, seats continue to sell well, according to a spokesperson for the airline.

While they declined to give specific figures due to 'commercial sensitivities' ahead of the launch, the spokesperson confirmed that the connections between Ireland and the US are selling well, with Cork performing 'especially well.'

So far this year, Norwegian has enjoyed strong growth across its European network.

In April, the low-cost airline carried more than 2.6 million passengers, an increase of 15% on the same month last year, which airline staff attributed to a busy Easter period.

Meanwhile, Norwegian this week confirmed that it has completed financing an additional nine aircraft, including six Boeing 737 MAX 8.

These are the planes that will be used to service Norwegian's connections from Ireland to the United States, including the link from Cork to Boston / Providence.

When unveiling the routes earlier this year, Norwegian chief Bjorn Kjos stressed the importance of these aircraft for the airline, noting that their improved fuel efficiency in comparison to older planes allows the carrier to keep costs down for its customer base.

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