Norwegian Ends Transatlantic Scotland and Belfast Flights
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
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).
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
- Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
- Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees