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    More info from Travel Mole, this time on changes at Norwegian.

    Norwegian to cut frequency on four Gatwick services next summer

    Norwegian is cutting the number of flights from Gatwick to Miami, Orlando, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro next summer.

    At the same time, it will increase frequency on three other routes to the US.

    SVP commercial Matthew Wood said: "In line with our business strategy of moving from growth to profitability we are ensuring that we concentrate on key routes across our network where we see strong demand."

    The airline is increasing frequency to San Francisco, Austin in Texas, Denver and Tampa from the end of March 2020.

    It will offer daily flights to San Francisco, up from five flights a week, and four flights a week to Austin and Denver, both of which currently have three. The service to Tampa in Florida will increase from twice weekly to three flights a week.

    In total, it will offer 75,000 extra seats on these routes next summer. However, its Gatwick to Buenos Aires service will be cut to five flights a week, Gatwick to Miami will reduce to six weekly flights, Gatwick to Orlando will go down to five flights a week and Gatwick to Rio De Janeiro will reduce to three weekly flights from the end of March 2020.
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    Good to see them still growing, all be it at the expense of the Orlando route.
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    Good spot, TF. Definitely an interesting story for this side of the pond. With Thomas Cook now gone to the great travel agent graveyard in the sky, this is not good news at all. We were expecting at least one of the 3 main carriers (BA, Virgin, or Norwegian) to announce more capacity in 2020 to make up for the loss of TC's flights (and around 130,000 seats a year), but this definitely goes against the grain in this instance.

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    There has been quite a lot of press coverage about Norwegian's finances. Apparently they have a debt problem which has come about due to the grounding of the 787 Max and the cost of the so called wet leases for the replacement aircraft. They must be trying to maximise the aircraft, routes and loadings.
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    That certainly makes sense. But it's definitely not good news for the Florida market if Norwegian thinks there is more short-term revenue in San Francisco, Denver and Austin

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    I believe they are also behind on deliveries of their 787's due to the ongoing issues with the Trent engines for that. Also these things are planned a long way in advance, so may have been in motion before TC went under. There were strong rumours that TC airlines would be sold off as a going concern, so Norwegian probably didn't expect all that extra demand to suddenly appear to Florida.
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