Norwegian Airlines to End Transatlantic Flights After Grounding of Boeing 737

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Popular airline Norwegian have announced plans to discontinue all transatlantic routes between Ireland and North America.

It is among dozens of airlines globally who have been impacted by the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX fleet, following two fatal crashes involving the aircraft.

The last flights will leave United States airports on 14 September and land in Dublin on 15 September.

Shannon lost out on 120,000 potential customers because of Norwegian's move, coupled with that by Air Canada to suspsed flights to Toronto, while they estimate that it represented a €60 million blow to the local economy also.

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.

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Norwegian Air says it's ending trans-Atlantic service between Ireland and three US and Canadian airports because the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft has made the routes "no longer commercially viable".

CNBC reported this week in "Airlines hurt by the 737 Max grounding are scrambling to find replacement jets", "With more than 500 Boeing 737 Max planes parked all around the world, there remains a shortage of commercial jets".

Customers who have booked flights which have been affected by the decision have been informed and offered to be rerouted or given a full refund, according to the airline.

"We are proactively engaging with our pilots and cabin crew at our Dublin base, including their respective unions, to ensure that redundancies remain a last resort".

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

The Oslo-based carrier announced Tuesday its last flights to Ireland from Stewart Airport in New York's Hudson Valley and T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, would be on September 14.

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