Norwegian airlines might keep Canary bases open after all
The airline Norwegian is reconsidering its decision to close its bases of Gran Canaria and Tenerife South announced months ago.
The company says it might keep them open after all “provided that the right conditions are given.”
To this end, it has appealed to the representatives of its workers to help find an adequate and viable solution to keep both bases open.
Norwegian explains that, although in January it announced that it planned to close its operating bases in Tenerife South and Gran Canaria by November 2019, among others, “the new and ever-changing competitive environ-ment, and the resulting commercial analysis, have led the company to think that now it could be found in a better position in the Canarian market”.
“It might allow us to reconsider the decision to restructure Norwegian’s operations in both islands as long as the right conditions are met,” said a spokesman.
The airline says some preliminary planning tasks are being carried out in relation to Tenerife South and Gran Canaria before winter 2019 in order to “be prepared in the event that there is a satisfactory result”.
Norwegian had originally said it wanted to close both bases to reduce costs.
This decision would not affect any of the other five bases of Norwegian in Spain: Alicante, Barcelona (with two bases: short and long radio), Malaga or Madrid, nor its corporate headquarters in Barcelona.
Norwegian, the sixth largest airline in Spain by passenger volume, transported 8.93 million passengers in our country during 2018, six per cent more than in 2017.
Other cost-cutting measures were also planned in terms of routes etc.
“The aim of the Norwegian airline, which employs 11,000 people around the world, is to ensure that the least possible number of workers are affected by these changes,” the company said at the time.