MIAMI – Wizz Air’s (W6) Communications Director, Andras Rado says the carrier will cease all domestic flights in Norway starting June 14.
The information sent to e24.no/naeringsliv via email indicates that the decision was based on financial and commercial assessments. Andras Rado added that “the company is moving capacity to other markets.” Ticket sales on domestic routes were consequently halted at the same time."The company [Wizz Air] is moving capacity to other markets." Andras Rado, Wizz Air Communications Director Click To Tweet
The airline pointed out that the last months of operation have shown that it was not commercially and financially sustainable to operate in Norway while facing competition. W6 added to this that all olther airlines operating on the same market have receive (financial) assistance.
Rado added that W6 is moving available capacity to other markets where “conditions are not distorted by protectionist stakeholders and travelers can experience real competition and low fares.” He also confirmed that W6 was retaining its Norwegian bases and would continue to fly passengers in and out of Norway.
Troubled Relations With Local Unions
Since its start of operation in Norway in November 2020, W6 has had troubled relations with local unions and is currently involved in lawsuits against county’s municipalities and the state-owned Statnett, in charge of distributing electricity, on what the airline has termed as “illegal boycott”.
At the time, W6 had announced plans that would triple airv traffic to/from Norway from the two millions passengers of, 2019 to over six millions expected in 2023. The increase in traffic was based on travel to Norway from East and West Europe along with a potential for domestic tourism.
Avinor, the company that manages the majority of airports in Norway, has stated that Norwegian Air (DY), SAS (SK), and newcomer Flyr – planning to start flights in June – offer sufficient capacity and the withdrawal of W6 will not affect availability on the domestic sector.
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