Two more Norwegian Air routes axed due to 737 Max grounding

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The Boeing 737 Max was a good fit for several of Norwegian Air's transatlantic routes.
The Boeing 737 Max was a good fit for several of Norwegian Air's transatlantic routes.

Norwegian Air will discontinue its remaining service from New York Stewart and Providence airports next month due to the ongoing grounding of the Boeing 737 Max.

The last flights to Dublin from Stewart (located about 60 miles north of Manhattan) and Providence will depart on Sept. 14. 

"Since March, we have tirelessly sought to minimize the impact on our customers by hiring so-called wet-leasing replacement aircraft to operate services between North America and Ireland," said Matthew Robert Wood, Norwegian's senior vice president commercial long-haul and new markets. "However, as the return to service date for the 737 Max remains uncertain, this solution is unsustainable." 

At the time of the Max grounding in mid-March, the discount transatlantic carrier was also selling 737 Max flights between Providence and the Irish cities of Shannon and Cork, as well as between Stewart and Shannon. But the grounding forced a quick suspension of those services. 

Norwegian will also suspend its only other remaining transatlantic Max route -- between Hamilton, Ontario and Dublin -- in September. 

The carrier said there will be no changes to the 46 routes it flies between the U.S. and Europe using Boeing 787 Dreamliners. 

With its end of service from Stewart and Providence, Norwegian will have pulled out of all 12 routes it began flying in 2017 between small to mid-sized Northeast airports and Europe using the single-aisle Max aircraft. The carrier initially flew six routes from Providence, five from Stewart and one from Hartford.

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