Norwegian Air cancelations and Austrian Airlines Suspend Operations

Posted on March 16, 2020 by in Frequent Flyer Programs, Norwegian, Travel Deals, Travel Tech

Several European Union states have closed their borders for non-essential travel in the past few days. Some have also announced that they soon would do the same. The European Commission proposes that the non-essential travel to the union would be restricted for 30 days, which later could be extended. Every European Airline is taking a major hit at the moment as are the ones all over the world.

Austrian Airlines Suspends Operations

A subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, Austrian Airlines is the flag carrier of Austria. The carrier is headquartered in Vienna. Austrian Airlines flies to six domestic and over 120 international destinations. They are also a member of the Star Alliance. Austrian Airlines will temporarily suspend flight operations starting Thursday, March 19, due to entry restrictions imposed by many countries. The carrier will besides the suspension of all operations, ground all aircraft until further notice, they announced in an official release. The last flight will be departing from Chicago with flight number OS 066 and it will land in Vienna on March 19, 2020, in the morning hours. Other Lufthansa Group airlines will just further reduce the schedule for now.

From the official press release:

“Austrian Airlines decided to temporarily suspend all regular flight operations starting Wednesday night, March 18, 2020. This move is in response to entry bans being imposed across the globe and a rapid decline in demand for air travel.”

Norwegian Cancels Flights and Suspends Employees

Norwegian Air will cancel more than 4,000 flights and temporarily lay off up to 50% of staff because of the coronavirus pandemic and travel bans. Norwegian Air said in the press release that they had decided to ground 40% of its long-haul fleet. They also had to cancel 25% of short-haul flights until the end of May. Starting March 13 and until March 29, 2020, the majority of long-haul flights to the US from Amsterdam, Madrid, Oslo, Stockholm, Barcelona, and Paris will be canceled. Also, all flights to the US from Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam, Athens, and Oslo will be canceled between the end and the end of April. Norwegian will keep flying London to the US route like they usually do.

“This is an unprecedented situation and our main priority continues to be the care and safety of our customers and colleagues. The new restrictions imposed further pressure on an already difficult situation. We urge international governments to act now to ensure that the aviation industry can protect jobs and continue to be a vital part of the global economic recovery.” Jacob Schram, CEO of Norwegian said in the press release

They also announced that because of the drop in the demand they will temporarily lay off 50% of employees and the number may increase.


About the author: Mila Kostic is a native of Belgrade, Serbia. After majoring in sociology at the Belgrade University she has been working as tutor and coach. Prior to taking on her role at Mighty Travels, she wrote for a video games, fitness, and health lifestyle website. After starting her work with the Mighty Travels team she discovered her passion for travel and travel writing. Now, she is focused on bringing you the newest travel news. In her portfolio here at Mighty Travels, you can find articles on Airline news, hottest credit card deals, tips and tricks on earning miles and much more. You can reach her at [email protected]

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