OA260 wrote:shamrock350 wrote:qf789 wrote:Norwegian to cancel services between Cork and Providence due to low demand
https://twitter.com/AvGeekJames/status/ ... 6050143232
The winter suspension was announced a month or two ago. It’s still set to continue next summer as planned isn’t it?
It’s funny to see Cork Airport and Norwegian celebrating the first anniversary of ORK-PVD and its success when it’s quite obvious to everyone else the route is struggling.
Cork was used and abused by Norwegian, Dublin seems to getting all the business which is to be expected but even that looks like the best of a bad lot for them at the moment. All that media attention, political support, rock bottom fares and a reported excellent service but load factors remain in the 60-65% region?!
I dont get all this hate for Norwegian from the EI fan boys to be honest. They came in and provided much needed competition when the legacy carriers were creeping the TATL fares up. Since Norwegians arrivals fares have come down. Also they gave ORK a TATL service where none existed. If the Cork lot dont support it then they loose it. Where was EI for the last number of years when ORK wanted/needed a service? Use it or loose it. As for political,media hype its what they all do EI included. I have yet to hear one complaint about the DUB-SWF service from friends that have used it. Its far from funny if they loose indeed it would be tragic for those that rely on the service or intended to use it.
Hold up, let’s get it together before you want to throw labels around. Where did I mention Aer Lingus? When was the last I defended Aer Lingus and what on Earth is this obsession with the so called fan club?! If any airline on this thread gets regular (and often fair) criticism it’s Aer Lingus so let’s not go down that route.
I’m talking about Norwegian and Norwegian only, the situation with them is clear for all to see but nowhere on this forum have I personally wished for their failure or demise either in Ireland or in the wider market. My only issue with Norwegian is how sustainable they are and if it does fail, what long term damage is done to Cork Airport and it’s future potential in the transatlantic market. The Cork region was clearly used to their advantage and have ended up short changed in the long run.
It’s all too easy for some on here to blame the “Cork people” and that old “use it or loose it” mantra but Norwegian’s business model is flawed for places like Cork, connecting regional airports, chasing the lowest yield on long haul has disaster written all over it.
I have no doubt they have excellent service, I’ve flown them numerous times within Europe and quite happily place them as one of the best, head and shoulders above the likes of FR, EI and W6 but clearly something is not working for them at the moment in Ireland, most definitely in Cork and likely at SNN and to a lesser extent Dublin.
As for Aer Lingus, haven’t flown them in months.
Ryanair gets most of my business these days, out of 24 flights this year, Ryanair has had 20 of them! Well, 21 after this mornings LTN-KUN jaunt.