Norwegian drops flights from Belfast and Edinburgh as it attempts to find a path to profitability

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In a cull of presumably unprofitable routes, Norwegian has dropped all long-haul flights from Belfast and Edinburgh.

Flights from Belfast to New York and Boston will end on 27th October.  Despite the lack of Air Passenger Duty on transatlantic flights from Belfast, the route suffered from a low frequency and the use of the remote Stewart airport for New York and Providence for Boston.

Norwegian drops Belfast and Edinburgh

Flights from Edinburgh to Stewart will end in March.  The Boston/Providence service was already marked for closure from October.  Ironically, the airline blamed the failure of the Scottish Parliament to cut Air Passenger Duty as a factor in its withdrawal – even though the APD-free Belfast services are also ending.

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  1. Not sure if this old news but Norwegian air also stopping London – Singapore flights from January 2019

  2. Not sure if this old news but Norwegian air also stopping London – Singapore flights from January 2019

  3. Not commenting specifically about Norwegian from Edinburgh, but for general information, it is an open secret that Providence (PVD) is a better choice for much of Boston, especially the south part. Boston Logan is an old, crowded airport actually across the bay. The completion of the Big Dig and the opening of the tunnel has relieved some, but far from all, of the traffic tie-ups. For those headed to the northern and western part of the city, Manchester-Boston Regional airport (MHT) in Manchester, New Hampshire is the choice. Both airports have good bus service into the center of Boston. PVD is about an hour’s trip. It can be the same from Logan. Both PVD and MHT are easier to cope with, have cheaper parking and are well located for driving throughout New England (definitely one of the more expensive parts of the US.) Careful, though, in general New England either has glorious summer days, magical autumn leaf color or dreadful weather. The dreadful weather is by far the largest percentage.
    Southwest Airlines flies to both airports with quite reasonable connections from most of the 48 contiguous states.

    • I was shocked how quick Logan was to the InterCon via the new tunnel last time I was there – landing late admittedly.

      • +1 felt like about 20 mins around 10pm from landing (domestic with HBO) and taking the free bus to South Station a few months ago. Would definitely do again.

      • We landed at Logan on a beautiful sunny day at the beginning of the month and took the water taxi across the harbour – it was delightful and the views of the city were stunning.

    • Providence itself is worth a visit, IMO. I actually liked it better than Boston.

    • Dreadful weather in New England most of the time? That is not how I remember my three years living there, unless you count having to live, work + sleep during the summer without air con.

      The only real downside was the total lack of spring. Winter, followed by three weeks of mud season, leads straight into summer.

  4. Amex offer won’t work for the base Business fare, as the flights are coming in at £590 on Amex (£585 directly with TAP).
    One can trigger the offer by choosing a more flexible fare (Top Executive) which also offers a full refund in case of change of plans and more luggage allowance for £724 (on Amex) brining it down to £524 with the offer, which is a bargain for a one way fully flex biz class ticket on the route.

    Now, if only TAP was part of OW…

    • Shoestring says:

      You can get to £600 easily enough on Base Business fare by adding on the cheap Experiences later – £600 is a cumulative target

  5. We flew home from Newburgh Stewart last month. What a shame they’re reducing the services, I reall don’t think enough was made of how convenient it is. Dropped out hire car 50yards from the front door, which was 20 steps from check-in, another 20 steps from an empty security lane, and up a single escalator to the gate. No hassle, no stress. Compared to the absolute shithole that is JFK we’d aim to use it every time.

    • I think that a big negative was the planes used.. The 737 Max layout is worse than on European flights, and the seats are the new ultra thin ones. I did EDI-Providence and back Hartford-EDI last year and it felt like a bus! The route was fantastic though. I wonder how it will impact on the US airports?

  6. OT however on the subject of stopovers.
    How does this work in general. I know some airports DBX and KEF and LIS in the above example advertise stopovers.

    However if I was to stop over a day or 2 on a long haul trip does it general add a lot of £? Do I need to call to book. I’m thinking BA but in general.
    I know I can use the multi city search on BA however that always seems to return expensive e trips.
    Thinking this would be a good way to break trips and see somewhere new.

    • Purely down to the fare rules (which annoyingly only ITA Matrix will display). There will be limits on the number and duration plus the cost if any.

    • Easiest way I’ve found is if you find a flight that has a stopover somewhere you’d be interested in visiting is to price it up as a multi city in something like Google flights and see if it affects the price or not. Had a few days in Miami on the way to Lima a few years back this way and it only added a few quid to the base fare

    • TAP has a special stopover booking page. Last year I used it to book a flight from London with a stopover in Lisbon. It was a bit odd how they do it. You choose flights, then hotel (powered by What happened to me is that instead of booking hotel, the system repriced the flight price minus the cost of a hotel. This meant that I was free to book any hotel. Not sure if this has now been fixed.

    • Bear in mind you could require a Visa to visit Lisbon as flights are only valid after March 2019

  7. GeoffGeoff says:

    Just out of interest (as I don’t have Norwegian flights booked), when they cancel routes like this at short notice do they just give refunds for flights already booked, or do they pay to re-route onto other carriers? Seems a bit of a gamble booking with them at all if the former, as other options could have become very expensive in the meantime.

    • You are entitled to re-routing by law if you choose that option, though you may have a tussle with the airline over this (BA have been absolutely shocking on the two occasions they have cancelled my flights in the past couple of years, though it didn’t surprise me!)

  8. the_real_a says:

    As an FYI – flying one way into the US on the visa wavier is a big no-no. My ex-boss was deported for doing just this much to the amusement of the office. You must have an onward flight out of the states booked.

    • So a train ticket from New York to Montreal would not work?

      • the_real_a says:

        RussellH – Negative.

        “You possess a return or onward ticket (your journey may not end in Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean)”

        You can of course “nest” a Canada trip inside a flight out of the USA within the 90 days.

        • Must be new within last 10 years or so, probably since George W I guess. I’ve flown to States, entered and flew on to three different cities in Canada on one way tickets in the past without issues.

        • What about if you live in Mexico, Canada or the Caribbean? Do you have to exit to a third country each time?

    • I flew on two one ways with Iberia redemptions a couple of years back and although Iberia asked for proof of a return in Madrid, I wasn’t asked for any proof at immigration in Chicago

      • We’ve flown on one way redemption tickets before now, we were never asked if we had return flights – I don’t know if the US authorities can “see” if you have one booked or not.

        • Shoestring says:

          Aus & NZ may also ask you hard questions if you arrive on a one-way. I think they have the right to deport you in that case but in practice won’t if you’re European with some credit cards/ money ie tell them how you’ll leave, can show you can support yourself & show no likelihood of overstaying/ working.

        • I thought you didn’t speak to anyone when arriving in Australia these days on a British passport?

          I remember arriving in New Zealand in 2008 and having to find proof of my onward ticket to Chile however and this was obviously before the days of smartphones so it wasn’t the easiest to find for them

  9. Re Amazon Business

    Amazon try to get me to convert but they do admit that if you do, then the consumer protection you enjoy as an individual will no longer apply !

    You may want to consider that before switching !

  10. G B Scholes says:

    BA to KIX Osaka is not on sale yet. My Executive Club contact today said it should be made available ‘soon’

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