Norwegian Air to discontinue transatlantic routes from Ireland

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 14, 2019

The strong passenger numbers that used these services at Shannon, however, proved once again the vibrant market there is for transatlantic flights in and out of this region. In light of the recent downing of several Boeing and transatlantic flights the air carrier has canceled it's overseas service, citing the excessive expense.

He adds: "Since March, we have tirelessly sought to minimise the impact on our customers by hiring (wetleasing) replacement aircraft to operate services between Ireland and North America".

Norwegian Air has announced that it will abandon its transatlantic routes between Ireland and the USA from 15 September.

Norwegian says their decision comes following a review of transatlantic operations, in the wake of the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that it was to use from Shannon to Stewart and Providence Airports. Its last flight to Ireland from Hamilton, Ontario, will depart on September 13.

The famous and popular flight has been grounded since March regarding safety concerns after 2 fatal crashes. "That gives promise when we pursue conversations with other airlines".

Norwegian has 134 pilots and crew based at Dublin: 48 pilots and 86 cabin crew.

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. Seymour was referring to an older model Boeing plane. Compounded by the global grounding of the 737 MAX and the continued uncertainty of its return to service, this has led us to make the hard decision to discontinue all six routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon to the USA and Canada from 15 September 2019.

"It is quite obvious we will not take the cost related to the new aircraft that we have to park temporarily [.] we will send this bill to those who produce this aircraft", Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said to customers in a recorded message. It attracted travellers with its low fares, and was the only airline at Hamilton airport that offered direct flights to Europe.

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