Norwegian cuts several long-haul routes

Norwegian Boeing 787 Dreamliner
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Low-cost carrier Norwegian has announced that it will terminate multiple long-haul routes.

Starting from March 29, 2020, long-haul routes from Copenhagen and Stockholm to the US and Thailand will be discontinued. The services to the US included flights to New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Orlando. European services from both airports are not affected by the route cancellations.

Long-haul flights from Oslo to the US will be maintained. However, the low-cost airline will terminate its Oslo to Bangkok route for the upcoming summer season and has yet to make a decision on its Oslo to Krabi (seasonal) and Oslo to Bangkok services for winter 2020/21.

The financially struggling airline cites operational challenges, especially due to issues with the Rolls Royce engines that are installed on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. Norwegian was often forced to deploy wet-leased aircraft from other airlines on its long-haul flights due to a lack of availability of its own fleet.

In August, the carrier announced that it discontinues its transatlantic flights to and from Ireland due to the 737 MAX grounding. Along with the three Scandinavian hubs, Norwegian operates long-haul services from its bases in London Gatwick, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Rome, Athens and Barcelona.