Norwegian Air to cancel 85% of flights and lay off 90% of staff

OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegian Air (NWC.OL) will cancel 85% of its flights and temporarily lay off 7,300 employees as a result of the growing coronavirus crisis that has strangled demand for air travel, the carrier said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Norwegian Air Sweden Boeing 737-800 plane SE-RRY takes off in Riga International Airport in Riga,…

Norwegian Air to cancel 85% of flights and lay off 90% of staff

OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegian Air (NWC.OL) will cancel 85% of its flights and temporarily lay off 7,300 employees as a result of the growing coronavirus crisis that has strangled demand for air travel, the carrier said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Norwegian Air Sweden Boeing 737-800 plane SE-RRY takes off in Riga International Airport in Riga, Latvia January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File PhotoU.S. President Donald Trump extended his restrictions on travel from Europe on Saturday to include Britain, Norwegian’s biggest destination for transatlantic flights, while other nations also severely limited air traffic. Norwegian Air said the temporarily layoffs made up about 90% of its workforce and included pilots, cabin crew, maintenance and administrative staff. “What our industry is now facing is unprecedented and critical as we ar
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