Budget transatlantic airline Norwegian Airlines has today announced that it has axed its long-haul network at Gatwick Airport, leading to the loss of more than 1,100 pilot and cabin crew jobs. A further 2,100 jobs will be lost across the world.
The further jobs losses will be focused around hubs in Western Europe and the USA.
Norweigan have announced that they will focus on expanding its European short-haul network, using smaller aircraft, once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
Chief Executive Jacob Schram said: “By focusing our operation on a short-haul network, we aim to attract existing and new investors, serve our customers and support the wider infrastructure and travel industry. Our focus is to rebuild a strong, profitable Norwegian so that we can safeguard as many jobs as possible.
“It is with a heavy heart that we must accept that this will impact dedicated colleagues from across the company. I would like to thank each one of our affected colleagues for their tireless dedication and contribution to Norwegian over the years.”
Customers with affected bookings will be contacted by the airline and refunded in due course.