Norwegian blames 737 for transatlantic flight cancellations

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By victoria@aviationnews-online.com August 14, 2019 10:16

Norwegian blames 737 for transatlantic flight cancellations

Norwegian has said it will end its transatlantic flights between Ireland and North America.

The cancellations are said to be caused by the extended grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

With the uncertainty surrounding when the Max 737 will take to the skies again Norwegian made the decision to cut all six routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon to the US and Canada citing that the routes are no longer “commercially viable.

The decision takes effect 15 September.

Matthew Wood, senior vice president long-haul commercial at Norwegian said: “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.

“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.”

All 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.

victoria@aviationnews-online.com
By victoria@aviationnews-online.com August 14, 2019 10:16