Norwegian has moved quickly to outline its plans for transatlantic routes from Ireland, following its EU operating licence being approved by the US.

The airline plans to launch daily routes between Shannon and Cork to Boston and New York, with further expansion across Ireland expected in the near future.

The services will be operated by crew from two new bases in the US, as well as its own crew from European bases.

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.

“Detailed planning work started immediately after having received the permit, with the first flights planned to take off next summer. I look forward to confirming full details in early 2017, but I can promise passengers that our flights from Cork and Shannon will be focussed on making transatlantic travel affordable for all, with low-cost fares and a high-quality service.”

Full details including times and prices will be announced early next year.

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