Norwegian to discontinue all transatlantic routes between Ireland and North America

Galtero Lara
Agosto 13, 2019

"We acknowledge that the grounding of the 737 MAX Jet had a major impact on this decision and Shannon was, among Irish airports, disproportionately affected, as it wiped 120,000 seats off our summer schedule through the suspension of its nine times weekly services from Shannon to Stewart and Providence", she said.

Before the airline started its Hamilton service, Anders Lindstrom, director of communications for Norwegian's North America branch, told CBC that the flights would encourage Canadians to fly out of Canada instead of crossing the border to us airports.

The carrier had been running six routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon to the USA and Canada.

The company said that they "take a strict approach to route management and constantly evaluate route performance to ensure we meet customer demand".

In order to maintain routes such as Dublin, Cork, Shannon to Hamilton, Newburgh and Providence, the low-priced airline used several strategies including placing the widebody 787 and 737-800 on these flights.

Matthew Wood, SVP Long-Haul Commercial at Norwegian said: "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".

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Having late last year announced plans to curb its rapid capacity growth and cut costs to stem losses, Norwegian more recently warned that the grounding of the 737 MAX, which makes up 11% of its fleet, may hamper its plans to return to profitability this year.

Mr Wood said the airline is assisting customers by ensuring they can still get to their destination by rerouting them onto other Norwegian services after September 15.

Customers will also be offered a full refund if they no longer wish to travel.

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

RTE reports that "Norwegian Air began operating routes between Dublin, Cork, Shannon and the United States, amid much fanfare, in July 2017, carrying 650,000 passengers in that time".

The Oslo-based carrier began offering daily year-round service between Hamilton and Dublin in March.

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