Norwegian has announced that from September 15, 2019, all transatlantic routes from Ireland will be cut.
This includes flights from Dublin, Cork and Shannon to the US and Canada. Their transatlantic routes outside of Ireland included in particular:
- Dublin to Hamilton, Newburgh and Providence
- Cork to Providence
- Shannon to Newburgh and Providence
All of these routes were operated by the 737 MAX. which has obviously been grounded worldwide since March. As a result, Norwegian has already suspended some of these routes, while on the routes in Dublin, mainly replacement aircraft have been found.
The Norwegian SVP Long-Haul Commercial explains the decision:
"As the airline deviates from growth In terms of profitability, we have conducted a comprehensive review of our transatlantic operations between Ireland and North America and have concluded that these routes are no longer economical.
We have a rigorous approach to route management and continuous assessment of route performance to ensure that we meet customer requirements. Given the worldwide base of the 737 MAX and continuing uncertainty about its return to service, we made the difficult decision to end all six routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon to the US and Canada from 15 September 2019.
For those who have been booked on these flights after their completion, Norwegian is helping clients redirect them to other Norwegian services. Of course, in some cases this will not be very direct, as people are being routed through Copenhagen and Oslo. In addition, Norwegian offers a full refund if passengers no longer wish to travel.
Although the 737 MAX is undoubtedly one of the main reasons for cutting these routes, the fact that they were permanently cut off, says a lot about how these routes work. When the tracks started in 2017, they were unbelievably innovative, but like many things at Norwegian, they could not make any money.
After the airline posted large losses and received new funds, its focus shifted from growth to profitability. It will be interesting to see where they decide to use this 737 MAX once they are back in the air – will we see them on other transatlantic routes or will they use them for another region?
After all, the 737 MAX Since the range on transatlantic flights is somewhat limited, the possible uses of this aircraft are somewhat limited.