Norwegian Air is ending its transatlantic flights between Ireland and North America as of Sept. 15, 2019, due largely in part to the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX 8.
“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," said Matthew Wood, SVP long-haul commercial at Norwegian Air.
An uncertain future
Citing the uncertainty surrounding the MAX 8's return to the skies, Norwegian Air confirmed that it will discontinue all six routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon to the U.S. and Canada as of Sept. 15, 2019.
Norwegian says that since March, it's attempted to minimize impact from the MAX 8 groundings on its customers by hiring replacement aircraft to operate services between Ireland and North America, however, the solution proved to be unsustainable to operations.
"We are assisting customers by ensuring they can still get to their destination by rerouting them onto other Norwegian services," Wood said. "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."
Norwegian currently has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world with an average age of 3.8 years, including next-generation Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 737 MAX and Boeing 737-800s.
The airline first launched its new year-round direct flights to Dublin, Ireland, from Hamilton International Airport on Mar. 31, 2019, and held much promise as the first LCC (low cost carrier) in Canada to offer cheap flights to Europe.
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