Norwegian to end transatlantic flights from Ireland

Andrew Cummings
August 14, 2019

Norwegian bought the 737 Max specifically to support service between Europe and smaller airports across the Atlantic. The Boeing 737 Max fleet was grounded by various nations around the world after they were involved in two fatal crashes.

Grounded Boeing 737-800 aircrafts of budget carrier "Norwegian" are seen in a file photo at Arlanda Airport of Stockholm.

Nonstop services to Cork and Shannon ended in March with the grounding of the 737 Max aircraft and passengers were rerouted to Dublin flights out of Stewart Airport in NY and Providence.

The low-fares airline says having conducted a comprehensive review of its transatlantic operations between Ireland and North America and considering the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, it has concluded that the routes are no longer commercially viable and will cease on September 15.

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

The Shannon Group says it will continue to work with and support its other transatlantic airline partners, Aer Lingus, United, Delta and American Airlines, to ensure the continued success of their services between Shannon and JFK and Newark airports for the NY market, as well as Boston and Philadelphia.

Tui shares were up 2.7% at 9.10am United Kingdom time.

The grounding has caused huge disruption for airlines, which have had to charter new planes to maintain flight schedules.

And it dropped the plane from its schedule until early January - two months longer than American - to allow time for pilot retraining and avoid disruptions for holiday-season travelers.

If all goes as planned, the 737 MAX could fly again in December or January 2020.

In the third quarter of its financial year from April to June, the global tourism group posted net profit of 21.7 million euros ($24.3 million euros), plunging 85 per cent year-on-year.

TUI had already cut its business outlook for the fiscal year 2019 back in March after the first groundings of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and the provision of "additional flight capacities".

The numbers put Boeing on course to lose the crown of world's biggest planemaker, which it has held uninterrupted for seven years.

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