Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Norwegian Air ends all flights to Ireland on Sept 15

Norwegian Air ends all flights to Ireland on Sept 15

"As the airline moves from growth to profitability, we have conducted a comprehensive review of our transatlantic operations between Ireland and North America and considering the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, we have concluded that these routes are no longer commercially viable".

"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 announced in 2015 that it planned to begin transatlantic flights between Cork and Boston.

"We thank Norwegian Air International and its staff for their commitment to Shannon over the past three years".

Tour operator Tui (TUI.L) expects the grounding of Boeing's (BA) 737 Max airplanes to cost it €300m (£278m) this year, the company said on Tuesday.

The decision will ultimately end all flights from Stewart, New York; Providence, R.I., and Hamilton, Ontario, and Dublin.

"We will redouble our efforts to secure a new transatlantic carrier for Cork to operate from Summer 2021, and we are in active discussions with a number of carriers in this regard", said Cork Airport managing director, Niall MacCarthy.

Mr Dickson's comments were made after the US Senate voted 52 to 40 to appoint Mr Dickson as the aviation watchdog's administrator following the two tragic crashes involving the troubled aircraft, which killed 346 people in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

Norwegian Air will also end its Ireland flights from Stewart Airport in New York's Hudson Valley and T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island on September 14. "Fly has already leased all of its B737s this year so we don't have any available", Barrington said, "Based on airline inquires, we are seeing strong demand for B737-800s in particular, which is likely to be reflected in higher re-lease rates for the type this year".

The airline also says its engaging with its 48 pilots and 86 cabin crew in Dublin to ensure that redundancies remain a last resort.

"While there is plenty of choice in airline routes flying from Dublin, customers will suffer when it comes to competitiveness following the loss of Norwegian's transatlantic routes". As the year-to-date financial results show, it has also allowed the group to weather the storm of the Boeing 737 MAX groundings.

NA became an innovative company due to operating low-priced long-haul transatlantic travel in 2014.

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