Norwegian has announced plans to launch transatlantic routes out of Cork, following the approval of its EU operating permit from the US Department of Transportation.

Three years since the Scandinavian carrier made the application, routes between Cork and Shannon to Boston and New York in summer 2017. More details will be published when flights go on sale early next year.

Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said:

“With final approvals now in place we have the green light to finalise our exciting plans for new low-cost transatlantic routes from Ireland. We are delighted to offer these long-awaited services which will create huge business, leisure and tourism opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic.”

The services will be operated from two new crew bases that are scheduled to open in the US next year.