Austin airport loses 2 nonstop flights to popular European towns

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Norwegian Air is abandoning all of its extended-haul flights, this means Austin has shed its only nonstop route to Paris — which in no way actually took off — and a nonstop route to London.

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“Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation sector, together with ongoing vacation limitations and altering govt suggestions, Norwegian has built the tricky decision to discontinue the procedure of its long-haul flights,” Norwegian says in a January 14 e mail to prospects.

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In a news release, the financially troubled airline claims operating a extensive-haul network is no more time a viable possibility. Norwegian will now target on small-haul flights in Europe.

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The minimal-value airline suggests it is issuing refunds to travelers with tickets influenced by the January 14 announcement.

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With considerably fanfare, Norwegian introduced in Oct 2019 that it would start nonstop flights involving Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. The 3-day-a-7 days flights were supposed to start in May well 2020. Even so, the pandemic prevented Norwegian from ever receiving those flights off the floor.

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Norwegian would have been the only airline giving nonstop company between Austin and Paris.

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In March 2018, Norwegian commenced nonstop provider between Austin and London’s Gatwick Airport. All those flights had been halted just after the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic last March. British Airways now is the only airline offering nonstop flights among Austin and London, while the airline’s provider to Heathrow Airport has been temporarily suspended.

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A representative of the Austin airport could not instantly be arrived at for comment.