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Norwegian ending US routes from Sweden and Denmark – Oslo routes stay

Norwegian Air has announced the ending of flights on routes between the U.S. and Scandinavia. Flights affected involve the capitals of Stockholm, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark. The route structure between the U.S. and Oslo, Norway will stay as-is. Flights between Stockholm and Copenhagen to Thailand will also be ending.

When will Norwegian’s US to Stockholm and Copenhagen route ending go into effect?

Norwegian Air said it would be discontinuing its routes to New York and Los Angeles from Copenhagen and Stockholm after the 2020 winter break is over. Bangkok and Krabi, Thailand destinations will also be affected at the same time.

norwegian air ending routes from sweden denmark to us thailand
Norwegian’s attractive Premium Class seats, Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Photo: Norwegian.

I already have a ticket reservation on an ending route, what do I do?

Call Norwegian (800) 357-4159 from the U.S. Also check your reservation on Norwegian Air’s website to see how they are going to handle your flight itinerary.

Reasons why Norwegian is discontinuing its US to Sweden and Denmark routes

Norwegian Air cited low demand and technical problems as two contributors to their decision to end the US to Scandinavia flights.

Low demand

The intercontinental flights market between the US and Northern Europe’s Scandinavia isn’t large enough to justify a heavy presence flying between all three of the Scandinavian capitals.

Oslo, Norway, is the location of Norwegian’s headquarters. Thus the Oslo hub will be the only capital to continue the US-Scandinavia nonstop flights.

Senior Vice President Matthew Wood, Senior Vice President at Norwegian said,

“Scandinavia is not large enough to maintain intercontinental flights from Oslo, Stockholm, and Copenhagen.”

Norwegian’s B787 Rolls Royce engine technical problems

Wood continued by explaining that Norwegian had challenges with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Rolls Royce engines. Technical issues with the 787 engines have plagued Norwegian since the Dreamliner operation began. When an airplane sits on the ground during repairs no revenue is being produced. That affects the airline’s route program.

Ending the US to Sweden and Denmark routes is only part of a recovery plan

The ending of the US to Stockholm and Copenhagen routes is just a part of Norwegian’s overall plan towards profitability. Norwegian is in an aggressive planning mode towards solutions to turn the airline around. Being in heavy debt Norwegian is attempting to cut the cost to help achieve profits.

The grounding of its 18 737 Max airplanes has also affected Norwegian’s operating expenses, demand, and production. Of course, this comes at no fault of the airline.

Norwegian has also postponed the delivery of its Airbus (A320NEOs and A321LRs) airplanes. This is a move that should reduce Norwegian’s capital expenditure by about $570 million USD by 2020.

Norwegian Flight Video Review from Los Angeles to London

Here’s a well-made video presentation of a typical Norwegian Air transatlantic flight by a passenger flying in economy class. This passenger was a very satisfied customer. The passenger was very happy overall with the value and the service that Norwegian provided for him. Video: YouTube

Norwegian adding transatlantic flights

In spite of cutting Stockholm and Copenhagen flights, part of Norwegian’s overall plans towards profit include adding flights between the US and Europe in 2020.

Norwegian’s new CEO

Jacob Schram will become the airline’s new CEO from Jan. 1, 2020. He is succeeding Bjørn Kjos. Mr. Kjos transformed a small domestic carrier into a major global airline over a span of 17 years.

What do you think about Norwegian ending US routes? Are you affected? Wed’ love to hear from you for a possible follow-up to this article in the future. You can leave your comments here.

Featured Image: David Peacock/Norwegian Air

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