Norwegian Ends Transatlantic Scotland and Belfast Flights
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Norwegian is at the forefront of the group of low-cost carriers that began transatlantic narrow-body flights, using its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. However, since launching service from several smaller Northeast US gateways to destinations in the UK and Northern Ireland, the carrier has slowly drawn back some of that service, including pulling out of Hartford (BDL) completely.
Now, Norwegian is completely ending its transatlantic operations to and from Edinburgh (EDI), as well as its Newburgh (SWF) to Belfast (BFS) service. As confirmed by Norwegian to TPG, the airline’s last nonstop from Stewart to Edinburgh (EDI) will depart on March 29, 2019. The airline will also cut its route from Providence (PVD) to EDI.
“Following a comprehensive review of our services to/from Edinburgh, Norwegian has decided to withdraw its routes from Newburgh/New York and Providence, as well as from several European destinations,” said Norwegian’s Director of Communications Anders Lindström.
Norwegian is attributing its canceled transatlantic service to EDI to the Scottish government, which delayed a decision on reducing air passenger taxes. Norwegian is also pulling some of its routes connecting EDI with the rest of Europe.
“Our affordable US flights were launched with the prospect of a reduction in air passenger taxes that was unfortunately postponed by the Scottish Government,” Lindström said. “This has forced us to fully withdraw our transatlantic services to/from Edinburgh as it would not be a sustainable operation.”
Norwegian also announced on Monday that it’s dropping its route between Newburgh (SWF) and Belfast (BFS).
Even with the cuts for some of its smaller US destinations, Norwegian is keeping its service to other Irish cities. Lindström confirmed to TPG that Newburgh (SWF) and Providence (PVD) will continue service to Dublin (DUB), Shannon (SNN) and Cork (ORK).
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