Cork Airport is celebrating the first anniversary of its non-stop transatlantic service to Boston Providence with Norwegian. Since take-off on 1st July last year, Cork Airport has seen over 31,000 passengers travel between Cork and the USA on the three times weekly route.
This direct transatlantic service has benefitted the south of Ireland hugely in terms of inbound tourism from the USA, with 60% of the passengers who use the Norwegian route being US visitors. Tourism Ireland recently confirmed North America continues to perform extremely well, with arrivals up +12.4% in the first five months of 2018.
Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director, Cork Airport, said: “As Cork Airport’s first direct transatlantic service, Norwegian’s Cork to Boston Providence route has opened many new doors for business and leisure passengers in the region and has proven vital for those travelling between the south of Ireland and the east coast of America.
“Irish people now have affordable direct access from Cork Airport to popular US holiday destinations in New England, such as Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. This service has also given US holiday makers a significantly easier arrival into the south of Ireland, perfect for those who wish to experience the beauty the region has to offer.”
It has been a rewarding year for Cork Airport with a passenger growth of 3.5% in the first six months of 2018. This growth is a direct response to Cork Airport’s ongoing efforts to secure new routes and services for the region, with a further three new services launched this year.
Neil Grant, Chairman, Cork Branch, Irish Hotel Federation, said: “Over the past year, the volume of US visitors to hotels in this region has grown substantially due in no small part to the transatlantic route into Cork Airport. Direct access into Cork for the Wild Atlantic Way has rewritten visiting US guests’ itineraries significantly. With Ireland’s Ancient East also building more and more traction overseas, the Cork to Boston Providence flight came at the perfect time for Cork and the surrounding region to capitalise on this new-found visibility for Irish tourism through our southern gateway.
“For many of our member hotels, visitors from the USA did not even register as a significant market for us. However, it now represents our third biggest market, behind the Irish and UK markets, and is closing the gap on the UK quickly.”
The Cork to Boston Providence route links Cork Airport with TF Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, located an hour from Boston and less than two hours from Cape Cod.