Norwegian Air said Thursday it will suspend around 4,000 flights and temporarily layoff of up to 50 percent of employees as Coronavirus disrupts daily lives of millions.
“Due to the extraordinary market situation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus a dramatic drop in customers and subsequent production decline, we must look at all possible measures to reduce costs. This unfortunately also includes temporary layoffs of up to 50 percent of our employees and the number may increase. All departments will be affected by the temporary layoffs.” said the Norwegian in a statement.
The airline also said “Following the U.S. ban on travel from most of Europe and the escalating coronavirus situation, Norwegian has decided to ground 40 percent of its long-haul fleet and cancel up to 25 percent of its short-haul flights until the end of May. The changes apply to the company’s entire route network.”
According to Norwegian, From March 13th to March 29th, Norwegian will cancel the majority of our long-haul flights to the U.S. from Amsterdam, Madrid, Oslo, Stockholm, Barcelona and Paris.
From March 13th to the end of May, all flights between Rome and the U.S. will be cancelled.
From March 29th until the end of April, all flights from Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam, Athens and Oslo to the U.S. will be cancelled.
All routes between London Gatwick and the U.S. will continue to operate as normal.