Norwegian Air cancels hundreds of flights between the US and Europe

Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air has axed hundreds of winter long-haul flights from its 2019/2020 schedule.

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Norwegian will drop some of its winter routes, incl. New York to Stockholm (pictured). Image by ©leoks/Shutterstock

If you're looking for a cheap jaunt across the Atlantic this winter your options have been diminished slightly. Norwegian Air, famous for its low-cost transatlantic flights, are set to cut some of its routes. Ten routes will be axed for the 2019/2020 winter schedule, although some may return next year. Las Vegas to London and Orlando to Stockholm, however, have been discontinued indefinitely.

Worst affected cities are Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK) which will lose three and two of its European winter routes respectively as Norwegian reduces its transatlantic output to 113 weekly flights from 150 weekly last year. The move comes as the airline switches its focus to profitability rather than growth.

The airline also announced that it will open a fourth American crew base with 150 cabin crew members during the first quarter of 2018.
The move comes as Norwegian focuses on profitability rather than growth. Image by Norwegian / CC BY 2.0

The routes from Norwegian's winter 2019/20 season are:

Boston – Paris
Chicago - London
Denver – London
Fort Lauderdale – Copenhagen
Los Angeles – Copenhagen
Los Angeles - Oslo
Los Angeles – Rome
New York JFK – Copenhagen
New York JFK – Stockholm
Orlando – Oslo

"After a thorough review of our long-haul network and given that some U.S. markets are highly seasonal, it is a natural step to focus our operations this winter on counter seasonal routes that are more profitable, such as Asia, and also looking into growing our South America network," said Matthew Robert Wood, senior vice president Commercial Long-Haul and New Markets, Norwegian.

San Francisco International Airport at dusk.
The airline will also move two existing routes from Oakland to San Francisco. Image by ©Karen Desjardin/Getty Images

The airline is also planning to move two existing routes from Oakland to San Francisco with nonstop services to Barcelona (El Prat) and Paris (Charles de Gaulle) starting at the end of October. Most recently, the airline has launched new nonstop service between New York (JFK) and AthensChicago and Barcelona; from Boston to both Madrid and Rome; to London from both Miami and San Francisco; as well as from Hamilton, Canada, to Dublin.