Norwegian cancelling dozens of short-haul European routes following profitability review

Sep 20, 2019

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Norwegian has announced significant changes to its short-haul route network over the coming 2019/2020 winter period, with many routes cancelled.

While it is common for European airlines to reduce or even suspend services during winter where there is less demand, choosing to carry out routine maintenance during this period, Norwegian is instead discontinuing routes that previously operated during winter periods.

Routes from the UK routes are all untouched, with Norwegian hubs in Helsinki (HEL) and Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) being hit with numerous cuts to cities like Milan (MXP), Madrid (MAD) and Dublin (DUB). Several domestic routes between mainland Spain and the Canary Islands are also being cancelled.

TPG UK reached out to Norwegian to understand if this was part of standard seasonal demand or if there was more to it given the unusually large number of routes cancelled at once. A Norwegian spokesperson said the airline is, “Looking at ways to further improve profitability. As part of this strategy we have carried out a comprehensive review of our network in response to the changing market environment and the commercial merit of specific routes which has led to a number of adjustments to our winter 2019 programme”.

The airline also noted continued delays with the re-certification of the Boeing 737 MAX, having caused certain routes to be suspended, such as Helsinki (HEL) to Dubai (DXB). The airline has 18 MAX aircraft in its fleet.

Norwegian has already cancelled all transatlantic routes from Ireland that were previously operated by the 737 MAX plane.

You can find out all of the cancelled routes on RoutesOnline.

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