More turbulence at Norwegian Air

Less than a month after emerging from bankruptcy and being cleared for a fresh take-off, the new board of long-struggling Norwegian Air decided to dump the airline’s chief executive, Jacob Schram, late Sunday night. On Monday morning Schram had already been replaced by his right-hand man, the airline’s finance director Geir Karlsen. It was the […]

WizzAir to stop flying within Norway

Low-fare airline Wizz Air has confirmed that it’s giving up its domestic routes in Norway from mid-June. Its attempt to offer cheap airfares by using low-paid non-unionized crews set off an uproar, and now Wizz Air admits that its plans were not “financially sustainable.” The airline faced regional boycotts and political opposition over its use […]

Airlines scolded over bonus programs

Norway’s Consumer Council (Forbrukerrådet) has called on airlines SAS and Norwegian Air to extend the expiration dates on points earned by customers through their frequent flyer bonus programs. The pandemic made it difficult if not impossible to use points that are soon set to expire. “Customers are in danger of losing a lot of value,” […]

Airlines fly into an uncertain market

Norwegian Air has managed to attract new core investors willing to put up around NOK 6 billion in fresh capital, all aimed at finally clearing the long-struggling airline for a new take-off. Several other rival airlines are also keen to start spreading their wings, even though studies show that many Norwegians are likely to travel […]

Norwegian Air’s founder flies again

Bjørn Kjos seems to have picked himself up, dusted himself off and found a way to take off again, even as the airline he founded remains under bankruptcy court administration. The former Norwegian Air boss may now even profit on the remnants of his former airline’s low-fare intercontinental service, which left Norwegian Air deeply troubled […]

Wizz Air shuts new Trondheim base

Cut-rate carrier Wizz Air is already closing the new base it set up in Trondheim last fall. The move comes just a few turbulent months after its entry into Norway’s domestic market was met by labour complaints, regulatory challenges and what the airline itself claims are organized boycotts. Wizz Air officials told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv […]

No quick refunds from Norwegian

Thousands of Norwegian Air passengers whose flights were cancelled last year won’t be getting their tickets refunded any time soon. Bankruptcy court proceedings mean, according to those reorganizing the airline, that “we don’t have permission” to refund tickets purchased before November 18. That’s when Norwegian filed for bankruptcy in Ireland and, later, in Norway. The […]

Norwegian shares jump on state support

Shares in financially ailing Norwegian Air soared after the government announced it would take part in the “reconstruction” of the airline after all. Share prices were up 2.6 percent since the opening on Thursday, and were among the most actively traded all day. The burst of activity was prompted by confirmation from Norway’s business and […]

Norwegian ends its long-haul service

Norwegian Air confirmed on Thursday that it’s dropping its intercontinental long-haul routes and will instead concentrate on flights in the Nordic region. Around 2,000 employees are losing their jobs. The airline, which began with shuttle service on Norway’s West Coast and then evolved into first a domestic- and then European carrier, is already in the […]

Norwegian Air’s owners approve crisis plan

Shareholders in Norwegian Air voted in favour of management’s plans to raise another NOK 4 billion in the form of new shares, even though it will greatly dilute their own holdings. Management’s crisis plan, which involves a major restructuring of the airline aimed at ensuring its survival, was also approved. Norwegian’s CEO Jacob Schram called […]