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Norwegian Air to end all flights from Ireland to North America from next month

The budget airline said hiring replacement aircraft to operate services between Ireland and North America was `unsustainable'

NORWEGIAN Air will no longer fly from Ireland to the US and Canada from next month when it cuts all six routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon.

Norwegian said the flights would end on 15 September.

Norwegian, which has struggled to make a profit, said last month the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max plane could undo its plan to return to profitability.

Boeing's 737 Max fleet was grounded after two fatal crashes, the first a Lion Air flight which crashed into the sea off Jakarta last year, and the second an Ethiopian Airlines' flight which crashed shortly after take off from Addis Ababa in March.

The budget airline said hiring replacement aircraft to operate services between Ireland and North America was "unsustainable",with the return to service date for the 737 Max remaining "uncertain".

In a statement it said: "We have concluded these routes are no longer commercially viable."

Customers who already had flights booked would be re-routed onto other Norwegian services or offered a full refund.

Norwegian Air flights between Belfast and the US ended in September 2018.

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