Air passengers planning to fly from Cork to Rhode Island in early April will instead be bussed from Cork to Dublin Airport and fly from there.
Airline Norwegian Air announced the temporary measures this afternoon, and confirmed they would be in operation for passengers booked on Cork flights between April 2 and 9.
“Norwegian will also arrange a bus service for passengers from Cork Airport to Dublin Airport to meet their onward flight,” the carrier said in a statement. “The bus departs at 9am arriving at Dublin Airport Terminal 2 at 3pm. Customers arriving at Dublin for Cork will be met upon arrival with a bus at the coach park outside Terminal 2 at 8am.”
Affected customers have been contacted by text messages and have also been offered alternative arrangements, which include the options to rebook or receive a full refund.
Norwegian passengers booked to travel from Shannon are also being rerouted to Dublin.
Nowergian Air scheduling has been thrown into confusion by the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX planes in Ireland and many other countries worldwide.
That decision was taken in the aftermath of the recent crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max jet, which resulted in the deaths of 157 people. Another crash involving a Boeing Max in October, in Indonesia, killed 189.
Norwegian Air are one of many operators who use the Boeing 737 Max and it was one of the aircraft frequently used for the Cork to Providence route since it launched in 2017.
The airline also said it is ‘actively working on more permanent measures to operate normal services from 11 April that will minimise inconvenience for customers and will provide updates to customers in due course’.
A spokesperson for Cork Airport said they ‘’welcomed clarity on the situation regarding the first four flights in April and Norwegian’s ongoing efforts to find a more permanent solution to operate normal direct services from April 11’.