(WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND – JULY 12, 2017) --- Norwegian Airlines, which announced service from Providence in late February, completed its first full week of operations at T. F. Green Airport (PVD). The airline currently offers multiple weekly flights to Belfast, Bergen, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh and Shannon and recently announced two French Caribbean routes that will start in October.
Iftikhar Ahmad, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC), said, “These flights are fulfilling what we anticipated when Norwegian first announced its service. They are introducing new visitors to Rhode Island, many of whom who are staying in our hotels and eating in our restaurants. Business opportunities for Rhode Island companies to these markets and beyond are enhanced by this nonstop international service, improving Rhode Island’s position as part of the global economy. We could not be more pleased with the level of bookings at the inception of this service and hope to host many new visitors through our airport”.
Green Airport recently completed a renovation and expansion to the existing Federal Inspection Services Facility (FIS), where international passengers are processed, in preparation of Norwegian’s announced routes. The construction, which was undertaken to accommodate a quicker and smoother experience for arriving flights, was completed on time and within budget.
Jonathan Savage, Chairman of the RIAC Board of Directors, said, “The magnitude of this undertaking cannot be overstated. The construction was completed successfully in an abbreviated period of time to ensure the airport was ready for the full complement of Norwegian flights. On behalf of the board, I want to thank Dimeo Construction for their exceptional work to complete this critical project in the shortened time frame, our federal delegation and specifically Senator Reed for his support, Customs and Board Protection, our legislative leadership, and our Governor for working with us through this challenging process, and our RIAC team that provided the leadership to get this done”
The Providence departure schedule is as follows:
Belfast: Twice weekly on Monday and Friday
Bergen: Twice weekly on Tuesday and Saturday
Cork: Three weekly departures on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Dublin: Daily flights except Monday and Fridays
Edinburgh: Four flights weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
Shannon: Twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays
Norwegian is the world’s sixth largest low-cost airline and carried 30 million passengers in 2016. The airline operates more than 500 routes to over 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean and the U.S. Norwegian has a fleet of more than 130 aircraft, with an average age of 3.6 years, making it one of the world’s youngest fleets. Norwegian was named the Most Fuel-Efficient Airline on Transatlantic Routes by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Norwegian was named the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards in 2015 and 2016, and for the fourth consecutive year, named Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline. Norwegian employs 6,000 people. The airline offers 50 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London, Paris, Scandinavia and the Caribbean.
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Green (PVD), located 8 miles south of Providence in Warwick, Rhode Island, is the 3rd largest airport in New England, with a catchment area that attracts passengers from nearby Massachusetts and southeastern Connecticut. Almost two-thirds (64%) of New England’s population lives within 75 miles of Green, and 25% of the US population lives within 500 miles of PVD.
Airlines serving Green: Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, OneJet, Southwest and United. International service includes TACV, which flies year round from PVD to Cabo Verde; Norwegian Airlines, with service to Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, (Martinique and Guadeloupe to begin in October) and Azores Airlines with seasonal service to Ponta Delgada and beyond. Cargo carriers, Fed Ex and UPS, round out the service. MBTA commuter rail service connects PVD to Boston. Visit www.pvdairport.com
Patti Goldstein, Sr. VP External Affairs