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Norwegian Air expecting busy summer on Hamilton-Dublin route

Norwegian Air expecting busy summer on Hamilton-Dublin route
Christine Hogg

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Starting in July, Norwegian Air it will operate its Hamilton-Dublin route three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays aboard a Boeing 737-800 aircraft that includes free Wi-Fi.

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“We’re seeing great demand for our newest route, both with Canadians travelling to Ireland and beyond with us, and Europeans visiting top tourist destinations of Ontario that are still relatively new and undiscovered by them,” said Matthew Wood, senior vice president of long-haul commercial, Norwegian Air.

Launched in March, Norwegian's Hamilton-Dublin route currently runs four times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Since the route debuted on Mar. 31, the airline has flown more than 5,000 passengers with an average load factor of 90 per cent in April 2019, the first month of operation.

Current fares from Hamilton to Dublin start as low as $249 CAD, including tax.

Only LCC to Europe

Norwegian is the first LCC (low cost carrier) in Canada to offer cheap flights to Europe, allowing travellers to pay for only what they need, or want to use on board. Neither Swoop, Canada's ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) or Flair Airlines, Canada's newest LCC, offer direct service into Europe.

The arrival of Norwegian's direct service to Dublin marks the first transatlantic service out of Hamilton International Airport in the last 10 years. That alone puts the LCC in a position to attract significant attention, despite competitor airlines like Aer Lingus introducing new direct service to Dublin from Montreal and Toronto out of Toronto Pearson International Airport.

While Swoop operates domestically and has opened up routes to the U.S. and Caribbean, no LCC's have touched Europe yet.

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