Norwegian airline has become the latest operator to fall victim to the lack of travel demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 1,000 pilots and cabin crew based at London’s Gatwick Airport are to be devastated by job losses as a result.
The airline, based in Oslo, Norway, will no longer serve its network of long-haul flights, of which some of the most popular were transatlantic routes.
Huge numbers of these operate out of Gatwick, with the airline flying more passengers to New York than any other airline just two years ago in 2019.
Since then, the “uncertain” future of travel has seen this success topple.
“Future demand remains highly uncertain,” explained a Norwegian spokesperson.
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“Under these circumstances, a long-haul operation is not viable for Norwegian and these operations will not continue.”
The airline was forced to ground its entire Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet in March 2020, which has remained on the ground ever since.
Norwegian cites “travel restrictions and changing government advice” as “negatively influencing demand for long haul travel.”
While 1,000 pilots and crew based at Gatwick will be impacted, similar figures of unemployment are expected in France, Italy, Spain and the US.
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