Norwegian Suspends US Flights to Shannon and Cork Because of 737 MAX Grounding
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 no longer selling nonstop flights from the US to Shannon (SNN) and Cork (ORK) in Ireland because of a lack of suitable aircraft available to operate these unique routes, as a result of the worldwide Boeing 737 MAX grounding.
The airline previously operated these transatlantic flights using relatively small 737 MAX 8 aircraft whose extended range allowed the planes to fly nonstop to small airports on the US East Coast, including Stewart Newburgh (SWF) and Providence (PVD). However, this aircraft type has been grounded worldwide for several months with no real end to the grounding in sight.
The grounding has meant that Norwegian does not have suitable aircraft in its fleet to operate the routes. Its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft are both too big and already utilized on other routes, like its sizeable network from London (LGW) to major airports in North America, and its large Boeing 737 (non-MAX) fleet does not have the range to make the journey nonstop year-round, since winds are stronger in winter.
“Due to the continued grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX by the European aviation authorities, our flights to and from Cork and Shannon will be re-routed via Dublin for the remainder of the summer season”, the airline said. “Cork is a seasonal route, while the reduced availability of aircraft has led to the removal of Shannon services this winter”.
Norwegian has attempted to lease aircraft that can operate the services in the short-term, however, this has not been a viable long-term solution. So, Norwegian has announced the decision to no longer sell tickets for the rest of the Northern summer reason.
Air Canada has the same issue at Shannon (SNN) and has also suspended its 737 MAX route to Toronto (YYZ).
Passengers with existing bookings on these routes have been advised to make their own way to Dublin (DUB) airport where they can still fly Norwegian to their original destination. “Customers are advised to arrange bus or rail travel to Dublin and can claim for their expenses with proof of receipt”, Norwegian told TPG. “Alternatively, customers have also been given the chance to rebook or receive a refund free of charge”.
Featured image courtesy of Norwegian.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Offer ends 7/28/21.
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.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $200 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
- Limited Time Offer: Plus, get a 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months from the date of account opening, then a variable 15.74%-24.74%. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
- 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.
- 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