Norwegian to end transatlantic flights between Ireland and North America

Marco Green
August 14, 2019

Norwegian launched flights from Ireland to North America in 2017, three years after introducing the UK's first low-priced, long haul flights to the United States.

This review, they say, has found that the routes, as well as those from Dublin and Cork, are no longer commercially viable.

Norwegian Air says it's ending trans-Atlantic service between Ireland and three USA and Canadian airports because the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft has made the routes "no longer commercially viable".

The move follows months of substitute aircraft operations covering the airline's routes due to the global grounding of the 737 Max.

The airline have said "several thousand customers" will be impacted by the route closures.

The company said that they "take a strict approach to route management and constantly evaluate route performance to ensure we meet customer demand".

It will discontinue these routes from September 15 this year.

CNBC reported this week in "Airlines hurt by the 737 Max grounding are scrambling to find replacement jets", "With more than 500 Boeing 737 Max planes parked all around the world, there remains a shortage of commercial jets".

RTE reports that "Norwegian Air began operating routes between Dublin, Cork, Shannon and the USA, amid much fanfare, in July 2017, carrying 650,000 passengers in that time".

The Shannon Group says it will continue to work with and support its other transatlantic airline partners, Aer Lingus, United, Delta and American Airlines, to ensure the continued success of their services between Shannon and JFK and Newark airports for the NY market, as well as Boston and Philadelphia.

Customers will also be offered a full refund if they no longer wish to travel.

The airlines' 80 Dublin-based administrative staff at Norwegian Air International and Norwegian Group's asset company, Arctic Aviation Assets, will not be affected by the route closures.

The Oslo-based carrier began offering daily year-round service between Hamilton and Dublin in March.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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