Norwegian to stop flying from Ireland to USA and Canada

Norwegian Air to discontinue transatlantic routes from Ireland

Tour operator Tui (TUI.L) expects the grounding of Boeing's (BA) 737 Max airplanes to cost it €300m (£278m) this year, the company said on Tuesday.

"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".

"As the airline moves from growth to profitability, we have conducted a comprehensive review of our transatlantic operations between North America and Ireland and concluded that these routes are no longer commercially viable considering the circumstances", said Mr Wood. The strong passenger numbers that used these services at Shannon, however, proved once again the vibrant market there is for transatlantic flights in and out of this region.

"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 hard decision to discontinue all six routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon".

Mr Dickson's swearing-in ceremony follows a damning report from the New York Times last weekend revealing the extent that USA deregulation had led to overlooking faults found within the 737 MAX's Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) software, eventually causing the two fatal crashes.

Major U.S. airlines have canceled flights into November as a result of the Max grounding.

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Its last flight to Ireland from Hamilton, Ontario, will depart on September 13.

The company says it is assisting customers to make sure they can still get to their destination by rerouting them onto other Norwegian services.

It will discontinue these routes from September 15 this year.

The 737 MAX has been grounded worldwide following two fatal accidents that killed more than 300 people and both Boeing and airlines continue to extend the timelines for when it will return to service.

Flights travelling from the USA, as well as from Cork and Shannon in Ireland saw flights grounded in March and rerouted through Dublin.

The airline also says its engaging with its 48 pilots and 86 cabin crew in Dublin to ensure that redundancies remain a last resort. Seymour was referring to an older model Boeing plane.

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