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Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Norwegian to axe transatlantic flights from Ireland






Low-cost airline Norwegian is to axe all of its transatlantic routes from Ireland in September.

The airline will close its Dublin base and will also stop flying from Shannon and Cork on transatlantic routes from September 15.

The company operated flights to New York, Boston and Toronto from the Irish Republic's three biggest airports.

In a statement, the airlines said the enforced grounding of its Boeing 737 MAX fleet was one of the reasons for its decision to pull its services.

"We have concluded that these routes are no longer commercially viable," said senior vice-president Matthew Wood.

"Since March we have tirelessly sought to minimise the impact on our customers by hiring 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 on to other Norwegian services. Customers will also be offered a full refund if they no longer wish to travel."

A spokesman for Dublin Airport operator DAA said it was disappointed that Norwegian had decided to end its transatlantic operations to and from Ireland 'due to the financial impact of the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft'.

The airline will continue to operate short-haul services from Dublin to Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.

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