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Norwegian to cancel approximately 3000 flights and implement temporary layoffs due to the effects of COVID-19

Press release   •   Mar 10, 2020 12:37 UTC

Due to the COVID-19 situation, Norwegian is preparing to cancel approximately 3000 flights between mid-March and mid-June. This represents approximately 15 percent of the total capacity for this period. The company has also put several other measures in place, including temporary layoffs of a significant share of its workforce.

The past week, Norwegian has experienced reduced demand on future bookings. The company will cancel about 3000 flights to meet the change in demand. The cancellations represent approximately 15 percent of the total capacity for the period mid-March to mid-June. It will affect the entire network and more details will be shared as soon as they are ready to be implemented. Affected customers will receive information about these changes as soon as they take place.

“This is a critical time for the aviation industry, including us at Norwegian. We encourage the authorities to immediately implement measures to imminently reduce the financial burden on the airlines in order to protect crucial infrastructure and jobs,” said CEO Jacob Schram of Norwegian.

“Unfortunately, cancellations will affect a significant share of our colleagues at Norwegian. We have initiated formal consultations with our unions regarding temporary layoffs for flying crew members as well as employees on the ground and in the offices. We will continue to engage in constructive dialogue with unions and employees to work through this difficult situation together,” said Schram.

Norwegian will continue to share updates with its customers, the financial market and the media once new measures are implemented.

Norwegian is a listed company on the Oslo Stock Exchange and is one of the largest low-cost airlines in the world, operating 500 routes to 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, the U.S and South America. In 2019, Norwegian carried more than 36 million passengers. Norwegian has almost 11,000 employees and a modern, more environmentally friendly fleet of around 160 aircraft. Norwegian has been voted ‘Europe’s best low-cost carrier’ by passengers for six consecutive years from 2013-2018, along with being awarded the ‘World's best low-cost long-haul airline’ for five consecutive years from 2015-2019 at SkyTrax World Airline Awards. The company has twice been named the most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

For more information, visit www.norwegian.com