Published on August 13th, 2019 | by Alan Dwyer0
Norwegian to discontinue transatlantic service from Ireland
Norwegian Airlines have announced that they will no longer be operating transatlantic services from Ireland after September 15th this year. The airline has blamed the continuing grounding of the Boeing 737MAX and the mounting costs of wet leasing of replacement aircraft to operate transatlantic services as being the main reasons. Although, the announcement talks of the cancellation of flights from Cork and Shannon too, these flights were suspended when the MAX was grounded and have not flown at all this summer. Passengers on these services were offered seats on the flights from Dublin which were operated by the Boeing 737-800’s and a wet leased Evelop Airlines Airbus A330-300. The 80 Dublin based administrative staff will not be affected but the airline will engage with staff and the Unions to minimise any possible redundancies.
In a statement released by the airline, the Senior Vice President of Norwegian Long-Haul, Matthew Wood said “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. 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 2019. 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. However, as the return to service date for the 737 MAX remains uncertain, this solution is unsustainable.”
Norwegian will be assisting customers by ensuring they can still get to their destination by rerouting them onto other Norwegian services from the UK or Europe and Customers will also be offered a full refund if they no longer wish to travel. The airline will continue to offer scheduled services from Dublin to Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen as normal.