Norwegian Air ends trans-Atlantic flights from Hamilton over 737 Max grounding

People pass the logo of German travel company TUI AG at the company's headquarters in Hanover. Credit Reuters  Fabian Bimmer

People pass the logo of German travel company TUI AG at the company's headquarters in Hanover. Credit Reuters Fabian Bimmer

Norwegian announced Tuesday that it is discontinuing transatlantic routes originally operated by the Boeing 737 Max aircraft this September - which includes T.F. Green Airport and multiple locations in the northeast.

Norwegian says their decision comes following a review of transatlantic operations, in the wake of the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that it was to use from Shannon to Stewart and Providence Airports.

"Since March, we have tirelessly sought to minimise the impact on our customers by hiring, so called wet leasing, replacement aircraft to operate services between North America and Ireland".

The temporary measure to ground planes will now become permanent as Norwegian Airlines attempts to reduce flights that create losses and increase profitability. Its last flight to Ireland from Hamilton, Ontario, will depart on September 13.

The last flights will leave U.S. airports on 14 September and land in Dublin on 15 September. "This will support our case as we talk to other airlines about the proven potential for these routes", she added. Cabin crew and pilots could potentially be made redundant as a result of the rapid shift in flight arrangements.

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The airlines' 80 Dublin-based administrative staff at Norwegian Air International and Norwegian Group's asset company, Arctic Aviation Assets, will not be affected by the route closures.

The Shannon Group says it will continue to work with and support its other transatlantic airline partners, Aer Lingus, United, Delta and American Airlines, to ensure the continued success of their services between Shannon and JFK and Newark airports for the NY market, as well as Boston and Philadelphia.

The airline has requested compensation from Boeing for the grounded planes. It attracted travellers with its low fares, and was the only airline at Hamilton airport that offered direct flights to Europe.

Norwegian Air began operating routes between Dublin, Cork, Shannon and the United States, amid much fanfare, in July 2017, carrying 650,000 passengers in that time.

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