Norwegian has pulled transatlantic routes from both Edinburgh and Belfast airports, citing Air Passenger Duty as a “major factor” in the cancellations at Edinburgh.
A spokesperson for the airline said following a comprehensive review of its service from the Scottish capital it was withdrawing routes to the New York and Boston areas as well as Barcelona and Tenerife, with the last flights departing on March 20, 2019.
The spokesperson said: “Our affordable US flights were launched with the prospect of a reduction in air passenger taxes that was unfortunately postponed by the Scottish government and this has led us to fully withdraw our transatlantic services.
“We continually monitor and evaluate routes across our network, and as such we have also decided to withdraw routes from Edinburgh to Barcelona and Tenerife allowing us to focus on maintaining better-performing flights to Scandinavia.
“As a growing airline, we are engaging with our Edinburgh-based crew about opportunities to relocate into other markets where air passenger taxes do not present a barrier to our transatlantic growth.
“Norwegian will continue to offer Scottish consumers direct, affordable flights to Scandinavia. Our withdrawal of transatlantic services from Edinburgh is a casing point that a reduction in air passenger taxes can foster lower fares for passengers and improve Scotland’s global connectivity.”
With regards to Belfast, the spokesperson added: “Following a comprehensive review of our services from Belfast in response to customer demand, we have decided to withdraw our routes from Belfast to the New York and Boston areas.
“Customers can still book flights between Belfast and the US on our website for travel up to October 27, 2018.
“New York and Boston-Providence remain well served by Norwegian from Dublin, Shannon and Cork with up to 33 weekly departures, giving customers in Northern Ireland an alternative for booking daily affordable flights to the US.”