Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) has formally confirmed it will begin transatlantic flights from cities in the United Kingdom and Ireland to the greater New York, Boston, and New England areas in the United States this summer. Operations are on-board the carrier's incoming fleet of B737-8s, for which it is the launch operator.

The LCC said in a statement it would begin direct services from Edinburgh to each of Newburgh (daily), Providence (4x weekly), and Hartford Bradley (3x weekly) effective June 15, 2017. Thereafter, flights from Belfast Int'l to each of Newburgh (3x weekly) and Providence (2x weekly) will launch on July 1. Also on that date, flights from Shannon to Newburgh (2x weekly) and Providence (2x weekly) will start alongside a daily service from Dublin Int'l to Newburgh and 5x weekly flights to Providence. Cork to Providence will operate 3x weekly.

“We are pleased to announce our new highly-anticipated transatlantic routes," Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said. "Our new, non-stop service will enable tens of thousands of new travellers to fly between the continents much more affordably. Norwegian’s latest transatlantic offering is not only great news for the traveling public, but also for the local U.S, Irish and UK economies as we will bring more tourists that will increase spending, supporting thousands of local jobs."

The routes have been three years in the making given delays in the authorization of its Norwegian Air International (D8, Dublin Int'l) unit by the US Department of Transportation (DOT).