Norwegian has furloughed an extra tranche of workers and introduced new reductions in capability.
The choice follows a transfer by the federal government of Norway to disclaim the low-cost provider additional monetary help yesterday.
Norwegian argues its operations are unsustainable in gentle of journey restrictions imposed within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic which actively discourage passengers from travelling.
The results of the government-imposed journey restrictions are essential and Norwegian must maintain its operating prices to a minimal, whereas the corporate continues to work on options to outlive.
“Following the disappointing announcement from the federal government, we’ve got no selection however to furlough an extra 1,600 colleagues and park 15 of the 21 plane we’ve got operated the previous months.
“Just lately government-imposed journey restrictions have successfully stifled any hope of a steady and progressive restoration, Norwegian has been hit from all sides by elements exterior of our management,” mentioned Norwegian chief government, Jacob Schram.
“It is a unhappy day for everybody at Norwegian and I sincerely apologise to all our colleagues that are actually affected, however there isn’t a different various.”
He added: “Previous to Covid-19, Norwegian employed greater than 10,000 folks, however the coming months there will probably be solely 600 colleagues employed.
“Our purpose is to maintain six plane on home routes in Norway, and I anticipate that Norwegian may even obtain route help from the ministry of transportation, as beforehand introduced.”
Norwegian will proceed to function a small variety of routes, from Oslo to Alta, Bergen, Bodø, Evenes, Haugesund, Kirkenes, Molde, Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim and Ålesund.
Flights may even function on the Tromsø-Longyearbyen route.