That was a 2.1 percent increase from 5.9 million in 2015. Green Airport in Providence, R.I., and Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn., will be able to fly Norwegian's Boeing 737 MAX service to Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom starting on June 15.
In addition to the Stewart flights, Norwegian also will offer flights from Newark Airport to Barcelona in June. The no-frills price does not include checked baggage or a meal and allows for only a small carry-on.
In a statement, it said the USA airports offer good access into Boston, New York and New England.
Flights from Shannon to TF Green International Airport in Providence for several dates next August were also the most expensive at €409 one way.
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After the flights went on sale, scores of hopeful travellers logged on to try and bag a good deal. Telegraph Travel was able to find one-way flights from Edinburgh to Hartford for £139, New York/Newburgh for £159, and Providence/Boston for £139, on selected departures between June and December.
Norwegian Air won FAA approval last week after a protracted fight of more than two years.
In the end, however, the outgoing Obama administration cleared the application. The carrier said it will open crew bases in NY and Rhode Island and has a $18.5 billion order for Boeing aircrafts.
"We are pleased to announce our new highly-anticipated transatlantic routes. Our new, non-stop service will enable tens of thousands of new travelers to fly between the continents much more comfortably and affordably", said Bjørn Kjos, CEO and founder of Norwegian. Norwegian Air advertises them as the cheapest nonstop transatlantic flights to date.
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Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said: "It has always been our ambition to grow our Irish operation with new transatlantic routes but these plans simply wouldn't have been possible without the significant support we have received throughout Ireland over the last three years".
For a decade, Europeans have been enjoying flights for under $100 within the continent on discounters like Ryan Air and Easy Jet, but United States rules have kept them out. A round-trip ticket from Phoenix to Providence this summer on Southwest Airlines starts at about $370.
I mention the airport names above because, in order to cut costs and avoid congestion, these B737 MAX services will use smaller regional airports. They will launch on June 15, June 16 and June 17 respectively.
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