The Hungarian airline Wizz Air will discontinue all domestic air traffic in Norway from June 14, the company told E24.
“The decision is based on financial and commercial assessments. The company is moving capacity to other markets,” communications director Andras Rado noted in an email to E24.
However, the airline retains its Norwegian base and will continue to fly passengers in and out of Norway.
Rado says that the last seven months have shown that it is not financially sustainable for the company to move capacity to Norway on a commercial basis when all other airlines receive assistance and, therefore, do not operate on market conditions.
Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv wrote on Saturday night that it is no longer possible to book Wizz Air tickets for Norwegian domestic flights after June 13.
Yngve Carlsen, leader of the Norwegian Pilots’ Association, told the newspaper that he would not be surprised if the company stopped its domestic investment.
“However, I am not surprised if this is the case. I’d think that Wizz Air’s business case was based on Norwegian not succeeding. With a reconstructed and refinanced Norwegian, as well as Flyr, SAS, and Widerøe, their numbers will probably not go up,” Carlsen said.
As far as news bureau NTB is aware, the Civil Aviation Authority has notified Wizz Air that the authority wishes to carry out an inspection of the company’s base at Gardermoen on June 16.
Wizz Air’s business establishment in Norway last autumn has been controversial, not least due to the company’s attitude towards trade unions.
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