Winter services to the US from Irish and Scottish airports are axed due to “lower demand”.
Because of what it says is “lower demand” during the winter months, the budget carrier Norwegian will suspend flights from the Irish airports Cork and Shannon to Boston-Providence. Its Edinburgh-Providence service will also be stopped.
The transatlantic services from Ireland are operated via Dublin-based subsidiary Norwegian Air International, which confirms that the routes will be suspended from the end of October.
“Following a comprehensive review of our services, we have decided to suspend flights from Edinburgh, Cork and Shannon to Providence during the quieter winter period due to lower demand,” the airline said.
“The services will continue through October and we will continue to assess our transatlantic route performance as we confirm the route schedule for next summer.”
The Irish newspaper The Journal writes that the news is a big blow especially for Cork Airport, which launched its first-ever scheduled flights to the US last July after a long delay.
Norwegian’s move is a surprise as it comes weeks after it announced plans to expand its Irish operations, including doubling capacity on Shannon-Providence to four per week and adding a second daily frequency on its route from Dublin to New York-Stewart International.
It also follows bigger than expected losses for its most recent financial year, a result that is leading some experts to question the sustainability of the airline’s business model.