WARWICK – Norwegian Air will discontinue some of its trans-Atlantic flights beginning on Sept. 15, including its T.F. Green Airport to Dublin route, the company announced Tuesday.
The company called the flights “no longer economically viable.” The company’s roster of Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes has been grounded for months, following the crash of two planes of that make, owned by other carriers, attributed to a plane system design flaw.
“We take a strict approach to route management and constantly evaluate route performance to ensure we meet customer demand,” said Matthew Wood, senior vice president of long-haul commercial at Norwegian Air, in a statement. “Compounded by the global grounding of the 737 MAX and the continued uncertainty of its return to service, this has led us to make the difficult decision to discontinue all six [Ireland] routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon to the U.S. and Canada.”
In April, the most recently reported month by the R.I. Airport Corp., Norwegian was reported to have a total of 6,647 passengers enplaned and deplaned, a 60.6% decline year over year. Year to date in April, the carrier had a total passenger count of 20,373 in and out of T.F. Green, compared with 52,379 passengers by that time one year prior.
Norwegian announced the closure of its base at T.F. Green in January.
The flights were among the last direct international flights from T.F. Green. Air Canada still operates a seasonal direct flight to Toronto from the airport.
Sun Country Airlines last week announced the cancellation of an upcoming seasonal flight to the Dominican Republic.
The grounding of the MAX 8 was estimated to cost Norwegian millions of dollars per day.
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