Orange County Airport Now Offering Non-Stop Service to and from Edinburgh, Scotland
Routes to and from Ireland, Northern Ireland and Norway Will Launch in July
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the first Norwegian transatlantic flight to Stewart International Airport will arrive at 8 p.m. tonight from Edinburgh, Scotland. Through a partnership with Norwegian, non-stop flights are now available to and from Edinburgh, which is the first of five routes the airline will be offering at Stewart Airport in Orange County. Service to and from Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dublin and Shannon in Ireland, and Bergen, Norway are scheduled to begin in July.
"With unparalleled attractions and destinations found in every corner of the state, New York continues to foster job growth and support a stronger, more viable tourism industry by welcoming millions of visitors from across the globe every year," Governor Cuomo said. "By partnering with Norwegian at Stewart International Airport, we are strengthening our efforts to attract both tourists and businesses Upstate and supporting our transportation infrastructure investments at airports statewide."
First announced by Governor Cuomo in February, the partnership between Norwegian and Stewart International Airport is expected to create 230 new jobs and generate $36 million in annual economic activity. In addition to launching new international flights, two Boeing 737-MAX aircrafts will be stationed at Stewart Airport. Norwegian will also open a base for operations for the company’s pilot and cabin crews at the airport.
Norwegian's service to and from Stewart Airport will operate under the following schedule:
- Edinburgh, Scotland: Daily flights begin today, June 15, for the summer season and will operate through October 28. Flights will then run three times per week during the winter season beginning October 29.
- Belfast, Northern Ireland: Flights three times per week during the 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 will transition to six flights per week during the winter season on October 29.
- Shannon, Ireland: Twice-weekly service begins on July 2.
- Bergen, Norway: Twice-weekly service begins on July 2.
In addition to Stewart International Airport, Norwegian provides service to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.
Norwegian services to Stewart Airport is expected to generate new interest in Upstate New York tourism attractions and destinations. Since 2011, Governor Cuomo has made unprecedented investments in New York's tourism industry, leading to historic levels of visitors and direct spending. In 2016, New York welcomed a record 239 million visitors who spent nearly $65 billion, generating a total economic impact of more than $100 billion for the third straight year. Additionally, tourism is the state’s fourth largest employer, supporting more than 910,000 jobs annually.
Stewart International Airport is located just 50 miles north of Manhattan and less than an hour from northern New Jersey. As the second-largest employer in the Hudson Valley, Stewart employs approximately 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. 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.
Norwegian Chief Commercial Officer Thomas Ramdahl said, "Four years ago, Norwegian's low-cost long-haul flights revolutionized transatlantic travel, and we are pleased to pave the way once more with our long-anticipated service from Stewart International Airport to several destinations in Europe. Serving two destinations from New York allows us to reinforce our commitment to U.S. growth by bringing more tourists to the region and creating even more American jobs."
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, the tourism industry is booming as more and more visitors discover that we are home to world-class attractions and destinations. We welcome the new international visitors that will be coming to the Empire State thanks to this partnership between Norwegian and Stewart International Airport."
Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye said, "Today's inaugural Norwegian flight signifies the launch of a new era that will be transformative for Stewart International Airport and the Mid-Hudson Valley region in terms of jobs, tourism, and economic development. The airport's connection to new international destinations offers exciting opportunities for our customers and growth for the airport and the region."
Senator Bill Larkin said, "This is a home run for Stewart International Airport and a big win for all of New York State. Norwegian's presence here in the Hudson Valley will continue to support our economic development plans and the tourism industry. Over the years we have fought to make Stewart a hub for international flights and today all of that hard work will begin to pay off. Through cooperation and teamwork we will continue to promote more positive developments in the future."
Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said, "The arrival of Norwegian to Orange County is expected to create approximately 230 jobs and $35 million in economic activity. It will benefit not only Orange County, but the entire region. Norwegian Air represents a new era of flights at competitive price points and it will establish Stewart Airport as a true International destination for travelers."