• Joe Breitfeller

Norwegian Air Cancels 3,000 Flights and Will Implement Temporary Layoffs

Norwegian Air announced on Tuesday that they are preparing to cancel approximately 3,000 flights between mid-March and mid-June, about 15 percent of capacity. Additionally, the low-cost carrier (LCC) will implement significant temporary layoffs.

Norwegian Boeing 787 Dreamliner - Image Courtesy Norwegian Air

Yesterday, international low-cost carrier Norwegian Air announced the cancellation of around 3,000 flights due to reduced demand resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic. The affected flights will be cancelled between mid-March and mid-June 2020. The schedule reductions affect the carrier’s entire network and represent around 15% of capacity. Additionally, Norwegian will temporarily layoff a significant share of its workforce as they optimize their route network and flight schedules relative to demand. Customers impacted by the changes will be contacted as they take place. In Tuesday’s announcement, Norwegian Air’s CEO Jacob Shram said,

“This is a critical time for the aviation industry, including us at Norwegian. We encourage the authorities to immediately implement measures to imminently reduce the financial burden on the airlines in order to protect crucial infrastructure and jobs.”

Norwegian Air is the world’s fifth largest LCC, carrying over 36 million guests in 2019. The carrier operates over 500 routes to over 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Thailand, North America and South America. Norwegian operates a young and fuel-efficient fleet of over 160 aircraft, with an average age of only 4.6 years.

Source: Norwegian Air

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