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Norwegian extends Shannon and Cork re-routing

Budget airline Norwegian has confirmed it will not resume its transatlantic flights from Cork or Shannon this year and will bus passengers booked on those flights to Dublin.

Norwegian announced in April that all passengers booked on transatlantic flights from the Irish cities Cork and Shannon to regional airports in the United States would be re-routed via Dublin until the end of June.

The rescheduling was a result of the global suspension of Boeing Max 737 planes following two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

A spokesperson for the airline has now confirmed that it will not resume flights at Cork or Shannon for all of 2019.

“Customers travelling to and from Cork and Shannon are being re-accommodated on to different aircraft types between Dublin, New York and Providence to ensure travel plans can continue with minimal disruption,” the company announced.

Affected customers can rebook or receive a free refund, and may also claim expenses for rail or bus travel to Dublin “with proof or receipt”, it adds.

Road less travelled
Norwegian first began flying from Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Shannon to regional airports in the US in summer 2017 with low fares on a new generation of more fuel-efficient aircraft, heralding the possibility of a new era of affordable transatlantic travel.

However, despite rapid expansion, the airline has struggled to realise that promise and survive in a climate of higher fuel prices and other issues.

Norwegian ceased flying from Belfast to the US last October.

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