Norwegian Airlines will end transatlantic trips over Boeing 737 grounding

Norwegian Airlines will end transatlantic trips over Boeing 737 grounding
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Norwegian Airlines said Tuesday it will end transatlantic trips from two U.S. and one Canadian cities in September as the Boeing 737 Max jet continues to stay grounded. 

The decision will end the flights from Stewart, N.Y., Providence, R.I., and Hamilton, Ontario, to Dublin.

The last flights will leave the U.S. airports on Sept. 14 and land in Dublin on Sept. 15. 

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“Since March, we have tirelessly sought to minimize the impact on our customers by hiring, so called wetleasing, replacement aircraft to operate services between North America and Ireland. However, as the return to service date for the 737 MAX remains uncertain, this solution is unsustainable,” Matthew Robert Wood, the airline’s senior vice president of commercial long-haul and new markets, said in a company statement.

The airline had previously cut nonstop flights to Cork and Shannon in March, over the 737 Max's grounding, the statement said. 

The popular plane has been grounded since March over safety concerns following two fatal crashes. 

Norwegian said there are no changes to 46 nonstop routes the airline operates with the Dreamliner from the U.S. to Europe. 

Customers booked on affected flights have been contacted and offered to be rerouted or fully refunded, the airline said.