Norwegian Ends Long-haul Flying From Sweden & Denmark

Norwegian Air today announced that it would discontinue long-haul flying from Denmark and Sweden in early 2020.

The airline would continue to fly to long-haul destinations from Norway and number of European gateway cities.

Here’s an excerpt from the AP (access their piece here):

Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle said Wednesday it is ending some of its long-haul routes to the United States and Thailand from Scandinavia, citing technical issues with the Rolls Royce engines on Boeing 787s and low demand.

Norwegian Air said it would not resume flying to New York, Los Angeles, Bangkok and Krabi, Thailand, from Copenhagen and Stockholm after the winter break.

It will continue to fly to the U.S. from Oslo and routes to Europe are not affected.

And here from Reuters (access their piece here):

The airline said it would increase the frequency of flights from European cities to U.S. destinations but did not give details.

Norwegian said on Nov. 12 it was launching non-stop flights from Chicago to Rome and Paris and from Denver to Rome. It now offers 50 routes between Europe and the United States.

Conclusion

Norwegian is going through a transformation trying to return profitability after very rapid international expansion (that almost bankrupt them). The airline is also having issues with the grounding of its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and engines of its long-haul fleet.

It is just interesting that soon, the airline has most of its long-haul routes from non-Scandinavian and Norwegian cities, something that the name contradicts.

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