Norwegian has been forced to establish temporary operations in Ireland due to the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft following the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The low-cost carrier will no longer be able to fly transatlantic from Cork and Shannon with passengers booked from both airports to be bussed to catch flights from Dublin.

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner has temporarily been deployed on the airline’s route from the Irish capital to New York Stewart airport, with ground transportation laid on to take passengers onward to Providence.

The airline’s summer schedule from March 31 will see a Boeing 737-800 drafted in to serve a new route to Toronto Hamilton airport from Dublin four times a week and to Providence three times a week.

The low-cost carrier said: “Norwegian has worked continuously since the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max to ensure that customers travel plans can continue with minimal disruption.

“The airline has re-routed customers and offered passengers the chance to re-book or receive a full refund free of charge if they no longer wish to travel.

“The airline is also combining flights and reallocating aircraft within its own network to keep cancellations to a minimum and minimise inconvenience for its customers.”

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