Norwegian closing all of its Irish routes due to Boeing 737 MAX woes

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Norwegian is pruning routes quite heavily as part of its ‘from growth to profitability’ initiative.

In simple terms, this means getting rid of routes where it is losing money.  Gatwick to Las Vegas was given the chop recently, for example, as we covered here.

The airline has just announced that all of its long-haul Irish routes are closing.  These are:

  • Dublin to Hamilton, Newburgh and Providence
  • Cork to Providence
  • Shannon to Newburgh and Providence

The last flights will take place on 15th September.

Norwegian closing irish routes

To be fair to Norwegian, this is a decision partly forced on them by the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX.  It was used to fly these routes which meant that Norwegian had already temporarily suspended or sourced alternative aircraft for them.

If the Norwegian story does not end well, people will be debating for years whether it was actually the fault of Boeing.  Norwegian planned to offer low cost long haul flights by investing in ultra fuel efficient new aircraft which would let it undercut its rivals.  Unfortunately, it chose two complete dogs – the Boeing 787 (Rolls-Royce engine variant) and Boeing 737 MAX – which has left large parts of its fleet unable to fly.

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  1. IslandDweller says:

    Greenwich to Gatwick. Assuming you mean Greenwich national rail station.
    There are two Thameslink services per hour from Greenwich – if you catch one of those you’ll do a cross platform change at London Bridge over to Gatwick service. If you head up to London Bridge on a service going to Cannon Street you’ll need to go down the escalators at LBG to swap platforms. In either case, you do not go through any barrier.
    (If you meant one of the other stations in the wider Greenwich area, the answer will be different)

  2. Nicola Dawson says:

    I’m flying to Vegas 27th September and thought I might swerve any potential strike date. The longer it drags out, the more deflated I feel. I was contemplating upgrading my flight as a good price at the moment but I’m also worried it could be throwing money away if my flight is affected by the strike.

    What’s a girl to do?!

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