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Norwegian suspends transatlantic flights due to prolonged 737 MAX grounding

Dublin, Ireland - The low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle has suspended all flights from Cork and Shannon Airports to the United States due to the prolonged grounding of Boeing 737 MAX jets.

Norwegian has confirmed the suspension to the local news portal independent.ie for the rest of the summer season. All transatlantic flights of the long-haul low-cost departing from Cork and Shannon airports will be halted.

"Due to the continued grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX by the European aviation authorities, our flights to and from Cork and Shannon will be re-routed via Dublin for the remainder of the summer season," the airline said in a statement.

Norwegian currently has 18 Boeing 737 MAX in its fleet. The suspension will be maintained during the winter season as well.

Norwegian said the affected passengers who already bought tickets for these flights will be transported to Dublin by bus where they will be re-booked for flights to New York and other western U.S coast destinations.

Passengers can also request refunds if they like the airline said.

Norwegian launched its operations from Cork, Dublin, Belfast, and Shannon to the regional airports in the west coast of the United States in 2017 as low as €69.

The fuel-efficient, new generation 737 MAX 8s of Boeing became the backbone of Norwegian's operations on the transatlantic routes.

Despite its rapid growth, the airline suffered from lower profit margins or red figures due to high fuel prices. The company announced that it would switch to a revenue-based strategy from its growth-based strategy.

The carrier ended its flights from Belfast to the U.S. last October.

But its plans were hampered this time by the worldwide grounding of 737 MAXs after two fatal crashes in less than half a year.

After 737 MAX flight ban, Norwegian proceeded to deploy a Boeing 787-9 on these routes and leased an Airbus A330 to fill the gap.