Norwegian will lay off another 1600 employees. The government stopped financial aid.
Norwegian Air Shuttle, the second low-cost airline in Scandinavia, has announced the dismissal of another 1.600 employees. This comes as a result of the government's decision to stop providing financial assistance to the Nordic carrier.
The consequences of government-imposed travel restrictions are critical. Norwegian must keep its operating costs to a minimum. The company continues to look for solutions to survive the financial crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government has stopped providing financial assistance to Norwegian
"Following today's disappointing announcement from the government, we have no choice but to lay off another 1.600 employees and retain 15 of the 21 aircraft on the ground. Recently, government-imposed travel restrictions have effectively dampened any hope of a stable and progressive recovery. Prior to Covid-19, Norwegian had more than 10.000 employees, but only 600 will remain in the coming months. Our goal is to keep six aircraft on domestic routes in Norway and I hope that Norwegian will also receive support for other routes from the Ministry. Transport, as previously announced ",said Norwegian Air Shuttle CEO Jacob Schram.
Unfortunately, the significant reduction in routes will also affect customers who have already booked flights with Norwegian. The routes that will continue to be operated are Oslo - Alta, Oslo - Bergen, Oslo - Bodø, Oslo - Evenes, Oslo - Haugesund, Oslo - Kirkenes, Oslo - Molde, Oslo - Stavanger, Oslo - Tromsø, Oslo - Trondheim, Oslo - Ålesund and Tromsø - Longyearbyen.