Norwegian Air to Cut 7,000 Flights, Lay Off 50% of Staff

By Paul Riegler on 12 March 2020
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Norwegian Air said it plans to lay off over 5,000 employees and cut an additional 4,000 flights in response to the coronavirus outbreak after it previously had cut 3,000.

The company blamed the “extraordinary market situation due to the coronavirus.”

The Bærum, Norway-based airline said it would also ground 40% of its long-haul Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet until the end of May.

Norwegian has 32 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in its fleet, 16 787-8s and 16 787-9s.

‘We must look at all possible measures to reduce costs. This unfortunately also includes temporary layoffs of up to 50 per cent of our employees, and the number may increase,” said the airline’s CEO, Jacob Schram, on Thursday.

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