Norwegian has confirmed that it will end transatlantic flights between
Ireland and North America from 15 September 2019.
The airline says that the grounding of the
Boeing 737 MAX aircraft played a major role in the decision.
Norwegian launched transatlantic flights from
Dublin, Cork and Shannon to the east coast of the USA in 2017.
Matthew Wood, SVP Long-Haul Commercial at
Norwegian, said, “We take a strict approach to route management and constantly
evaluate route performance to ensure we meet customer demand.
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 difficult decision to discontinue all six routes from
Dublin, Cork and Shannon to the US and Canada from 15 September
Norwegian wetleased replacement aircraft but as
the return to service date for the 737 MAX remains uncertain, it
has decided that this solution is unsustainable.
“We are assisting
customers by ensuring they can still get to their destination by
rerouting them onto other Norwegian services. Customers will also
be offered a full refund if they no longer wish to travel. We will
continue to offer scheduled services from Dublin to Oslo,
Stockholm and Copenhagen as normal,” Mr. Wood added. “We are proactively
engaging with our pilots and cabin crew at our Dublin base,
including their respective unions, to ensure that redundancies
remain a last resort.
The 80 Dublin-based administrative staff
at Norwegian Air International and Norwegian Group’s asset
company, Arctic Aviation Assets, are not expected to be affected by the route