Norwegian have, this week, announced that they will be suspending flights to Hartford Bradley (BDL) from Edinburgh (EDI) as of March 25th. The route was BDI’s only connection to the UK and was operated by a Boeing 737 aircraft.
The news comes as no surprise if you look at the Scottish Government’s decision to postpone a reduction in air passenger taxes. Reports had stated that the Scottish Government was to halve air passenger taxes. In a statement, Norwegian said:
“Following Norwegian’s launch of affordable transatlantic routes from the US to Edinburgh last year, the prospect of a reduction in air passenger taxes meant we had been planning for continued future growth to Scotland. However, the postponement of such reduction was therefore deeply disappointing and has led us to reduce capacity to Scotland, including cutting the Hartford service and reducing frequencies from other US airports.”
Norwegian did also make it clear that if the Scottish Government were to rethink their taxes, Norwegian would move to open up more low-cost options as well as rethinking their route suspensions.
In regards to other routes out of EDI, Norwegian will be cutting frequency to both Stewart and Providence with Stewart moving from daily to four times weekly.
The news of these cuts could be seen as signs that transatlantic travel on a 737 aircraft isn’t viable as people will more often than not choose to fly to bigger airports on widebody jets.
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