Norwegian Air axes Belfast to United States routes

Marco Green
September 25, 2018

"I'm very disappointed that the projections that Norwegian made didn't come to pass and I am certainly pleased that they are still here for many flights, but those are very important destinations for us and I hope they can, someday, be replaced", Heimbach said.

It began flights from Belfast International to airports near NY and Boston previous year.

"Following a comprehensive review of our services from Belfast in response to customer demand, we have made a decision to withdraw our routes from Belfast to the NY and Boston areas", said a spokesperson for Norwegian Airlines.

The last flight from Stewart to Edinburgh is scheduled to depart March 29, 2019.

Check in at Belfast International Airport. File
Check in at Belfast International Airport. File

The Norwegian Air flights were to Stewart International Airport, about 70 miles from NY, and TF Green Airport, 60 miles from Boston. They directed customers to its other services from Dublin, Shannon and Cork.

Belfast International said the airline was "moronically channelling much greater levels of Northern Ireland passengers on to Dublin flights".

"There is significant - and prospectively increasing - market demand between Northern Ireland and the USA / Canada, particularly focussed upon NY and Toronto as gateways", a statement said.

The low-priced airline, Stewart's only worldwide carrier, will discontinue service to Belfast, Northern Ireland, at the end of October and to Edinburgh, Scotland, at the end of March. Hardly a conducive outcome for Belfast and Northern Ireland economically or socially. "We will continue to work to ensure that partner airlines are encouraged to serve our market in an appropriate and sustainable manner".

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