Airline ends trans-Atlantic routes due to 737 Max grounding

High flier Tore Jenssen CEO of Norwegian Air International

Jobs are at risk after airline Norwegian announced it is ending transatlantic flights from Ireland.

Norwegian has 134 pilots and crew based at Dublin: 48 pilots and 86 cabin crew.

Responding to the announcement Mary Considine, acting CEO of the Shannon Group, said: "We are disappointed that Norwegian Air International will cease all transatlantic services into Irish airports, including Shannon, from September 15".

Boeing officials have also said it may reduce or halt production of 737 MAX planes if the company can not fix the MCAS glitch by the end of the year, with the company's President and CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, stating in a teleconference in late July that "we might need to consider possible further rate reductions, or other options including a temporary shutdown of the MAX production".

TUI had already cut its business outlook for the fiscal year 2019 back in March after the first groundings of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and the provision of "additional flight capacities".

The new model aircraft has been grounded worldwide since mid-March following two crashes that claimed 346 lives.

"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 to the U.S. and Canada", Norwegian said in a release.

"We would like to thank Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports in addition to New York Stewart, Providence and Hamilton airports, tourism partners and our colleagues and customers for supporting Norwegian's transatlantic expansion from Ireland since 2017".

The carrier will continue to offer scheduled services from Dublin to Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen as normal.

Customers who have booked flights which have been affected by the decision have been informed and offered to be rerouted or given a full refund, according to the airline.

NA said in a statement that anyone made redundant will be made a "last resort" and that the airline's decision is also being made with the approval of trade unions to ensure that the affect on staff is limited.

Tui said, "We saw delayed customer bookings driven by the summer 2018 heatwave, the continued Brexit uncertainty and considerable aviation overcapacity to Spanish destinations continued in the third quarter".

However, it added that customer numbers were marginally ahead of prior year and the segment delivered a "stable" underlying result outside of the 737 MAX grounding impact.

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