Norwegian has decided to end all long haul operations from two of its flagship home cities – Stockholm, Sweden’s capital and Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital.
It will cease all long haul flights from the start of the summer 2020 season on 29 March.
Reasons include lack of interest in flights to the US and Thailand from both cities and ongoing issues with the Trent-1000 engine on its 787’s.
It seems extraordinary that two major and busy capital cities cannot manage sustainable flights to New York and Los Angeles – key markets for almost any major airline. They have little competition too, with just SAS offering direct flights.
The third Scandinavian capital, Norway’s Oslo, is going to see Thai cities scrapped but no decision has yet been made over the US routes – indications are it’s not looking good.
The airline has concluded that Stockholm and Copenhagen just can’t justify long haul flying and instead it hopes to route them through Oslo.
If that doesn’t work it’s next option is to tie them in to London Gatwick, but that’s a lot of extra flight time. Copenhagen or Stockholm to Oslo is little more than an hour or so. And doesn’t require any real distance increase.
Either way Norwegian is seeing better performance on its Gatwick, Paris and Barcelona routes to the US and sees them expanding.
Finnair and SAS stand to gain considerably in Scandinavia as they’ll have less competition on the routes.