Norwegian Air has cancelled 38 flights every day this week, and said it did not expect its timetable to return to normal before the weekend. Strike action hanging over the company was averted on Monday but it was too late to avoid a massive drop in ticket sales, forcing Norwegian to cancel almost 190 departures.
The budget airline cancelled 35 flights on Monday, and announced it would drop 38 flights from Tuesday for the rest of the week, reported news bureau NTB. “Until Friday these flights are going to be cancelled, but from Saturday the routes will go as normal,” said Norwegian Air’s information chief, Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen.
“All of the passengers who will be affected got information about this last week and were booked onto the next departure,” he said. “In most of the cases it involves departures which go a maximum of two hours later.” Sandaker-Nielsen acknowledged the cancellations would be inconvenient, but said the ongoing uncertainty over possible strike action last week had left the airline with no other alternative.
Norwegian Air operates more than 3,000 flights every week. Most of those affected have been domestic routes that operate several times a day.