Estimated to Create 230 Jobs and Generate $36 Million in Economic Activity Orange County Airport Will Now Offer Transatlantic Service to Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a partnership between Stewart International Airport in Orange County and Norwegian that will create 230 new jobs and generate $36 million in economic activity. For the first time, the airport will begin offering transatlantic flights with service to Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dublin and Shannon in Ireland and Edinburgh, Scotland.
"This exciting partnership will create new economic opportunities for Stewart Airport and the surrounding region and demonstrates the success of our efforts to transform airports across New York into 21st century hubs of commercial activity," Governor Cuomo said. "With strategic investments in New York airports, we attract new jobs, businesses and opportunities and help grow local economies for generations to come."
In addition to launching new international flights, Norwegian will open a base of operations at Stewart for its pilots and cabin crew, and will station Boeing 737-MAX aircraft at the airport. The estimated total economic impact is expected to be 230 jobs, $13 million in total wages and $36 million in overall economic activity.
Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye said, "This new service is a great milestone for Stewart International Airport. Connectivity to new destinations is vital for our airport to realize further growth and remain competitive."
Stewart served more than 275,000 passengers in 2016, but projections for 2017 are about 400,000 passengers with as many as 700,000 in 2018.
Stewart International Airport is located just 50 miles from Manhattan and less than an hour from northern New Jersey. As the second-largest employer in the Hudson Valley, Stewart employs about 2,700 workers and generates $450 million in annual economic activity. The airport also will increase connectivity to Manhattan with additional buses offering direct service from the airport to the Port Authority Bus Terminal for just $18 each way.
Beginning in June, Norwegian will operate from Stewart under the following schedule:
- Edinburgh, Scotland: Daily flights begin June 15 for the summer season and operate through October 28, then three times per week during the winter season beginning October 29
- Belfast, Northern Ireland: Flights three times per week during summer season from July 1 through October 28, then twice weekly for the winter season beginning October 29
- Dublin, Ireland: Daily service begins July 1 and transitions to 3 times per week during the winter season on October 29
- Shannon, Ireland: Twice-weekly service begins on July 2.
In addition to the Stewart flights, Norwegian also will offer flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to Barcelona in June.
Governor Cuomo has made investments in airports a hallmark of his administration, a commitment shared by the Port Authority. Since taking over Stewart in 2007, the agency has invested $179 million to improve the airport and customer service.
Last year, Allegiant Airlines launched seasonal service from Stewart to Myrtle Beach and plans on adding flights this year, while expanding the flight season on both ends. On the cargo side of operations, Stewart International Airport saw a significant increase -- 23.7 percent – in tonnage handled at the airport in 2016, due primarily to a surge in shipments by FedEx. Additionally, DHL has invested nearly a half-million dollars in renovations and will begin operations in the coming months, while adding 30 new jobs at Stewart.
Stewart’s general aviation sector – the private, corporate and charter flights that make up the bulk of traffic at Stewart – is also posting solid growth. Signature Flight Support took over the fixed-based operations at the airport, while preserving all existing jobs.