Norwegian To End Transatlantic Flights

Norwegian To End Transatlantic Flights

Norwegian pulled its Shannon flights in the aftermath of the grounding of the MAX Aircraft, a move which represented a significant blow to the Airport and the region.

It says the decision was taken after a "comprehensive review".

It comes after Boeing grounded the plane in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March which killed 157 people, months after the same model was involved in the Lion Air crash in Indonesia which killed 189.

Transatlantic flights had always been a goal of Cork Airport and the arrival of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft had made it a reality.

"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 hard decision to discontinue all six routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon".

The company added: 'we have concluded that these routes are no longer commercially viable'.

"Resumption of the 737 MAX remains subject to the clearance decision of the civil aviation authorities and we have secured replacement aircraft leases out to the end of our Summer 2019 programme", Tui said on Tuesday.

"While there is plenty of choice in airline routes flying from Dublin, customers will suffer when it comes to competitiveness following the loss of Norwegian's transatlantic routes". We will continue to offer scheduled services from Dublin to Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen as normal.

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Norwegian launched flights from Ireland to North America in 2017, three years after introducing the UK's first low-priced, long haul flights to the United States.

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.

Southwest also announced that because it has fewer planes without the Max, it will end service at a major airport in the New York City area, Newark Liberty International.

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

TUI's Q3 business had been burdened further by "delayed customer bookings driven by the summer 2018 heatwave, the continued Brexit uncertainty and considerable aviation overcapacity to Spanish destinations continued in the third quarter".

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".

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