The Oslo-based airline is to desert its transatlantic and Asian community of long-haul flights – lots of them primarily based on the Sussex airport.
Round 1,100 UK crew can be made redundant, together with an analogous quantity in France, Italy, Spain and the US.
The agency says: “Future demand stays extremely unsure. Beneath these circumstances a long-haul operation will not be viable for Norwegian and these operations won’t proceed.”
Its fleet of long-haul Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets has been grounded since March 2020 and won’t fly once more for the airline.
Passengers whose future bookings have now been cancelled “can be contacted straight and can be refunded,” the airline says..
Norwegian says: “The board of administrators of the authorized entities using primarily long-haul employees in Italy, France, the UK and the US have contacted insolvency practitioners.”
Jacob Schram, the airline’s chief govt, mentioned: “It’s with a heavy coronary heart that we should settle for that this can influence devoted colleagues from throughout the corporate.
“I want to thank every certainly one of our affected colleagues for his or her tireless dedication and contribution to Norwegian over time.”
Norwegian plans to function 50 Boeing 737 plane in 2021, rising to 70 in 2022.
Mr Schram mentioned: “We don’t count on buyer demand within the lengthy haul sector to recuperate within the close to future, and our focus can be on growing our brief haul community as we emerge from the reorganisation course of.
“Our short-haul community has at all times been the spine of Norwegian and can type the premise of a future resilient enterprise mannequin.”
Brian Strutton, common secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Affiliation (Balpa), mentioned: “This information can be personally devastating for all Gatwick-based crew.
“The airline has struggled within the face of the continued Covid disaster, regardless of the mixed efforts of all the corporate’s recognised commerce unions, who’ve labored tirelessly to stay versatile and accommodating.
“That is additional proof that the roles demise spiral I’ve been highlighting for months sadly continues. Make no mistake – aviation stays in severe disaster.”
However for the reason that provider rejected a £1bn supply from British Airways’ dad or mum firm, IAG, it has floundered financially – and has been extraordinarily laborious hit by the efficient shutdown of journey on account of Covid-19.