Transatlantic low-cost flights from Edinburgh and Belfast must end.

The low-cost carrier Norwegian said its withdrawal from Edinburgh alleged that the Scottish government had not reduced taxes and recommended Belfast passengers to travel to Dublin, Shannon or Cork.

At the end of the winter season, Norwegian will leave Scotland’s busiest airport to travel to Stewart International, New York and Providence, Rhode Island. The routes served every city in New York and Boston.

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A Norwegian spokesman said: “After a thorough review of our services from Edinburgh, we decided to withdraw the connections to New York and Boston, Barcelona and Tenerife with the last flights of 30 March 2019.

“Our affordable flights to the United States were launched in anticipation of a reduction in the airline passenger tax, unfortunately delayed by the Scottish Government, which prompted us to completely abolish our transatlantic services.”

The Independent has asked for a response from the Scottish Government.

Air passenger rights are £ 78 for long-haul flights from England, Wales and Scotland Northern Ireland applies a special £ 13 tariff due to competition from airports in the Republic Ireland.

But Norwegian relations with Stewart and Providence end on 27 October.

“After a full review of our services from Belfast based on customer demand, we decided to move our connections from Belfast to the New York and Boston areas,” said the spokesman.

“New York and Boston Providence are well served by the Norwegians of Dublin, Shannon and Cork with up to 33 departures per week, offering Northern Ireland customers an alternative to booking affordable daily flights to the United States.”

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Belfast International Airport described the decision as “low spirit”.

During the Norwegian retreats, British Airways is developing. BA launches flights from Heathrow to Kansai, Japan and serves the cities of Osaka and Kyoto. Four weekly flights will begin in April 2019.

The airline flew to the airport until 1998, but struggled to complete flights even though fares were below £ 300. Restored link prices start at £ 599.

BA also flies twice a day between London City Airport and Munich.

Travelers from the UK’s regional airports serving Las Vegas will benefit from a new option when KLM connects Amsterdam to Nevada in June 2019.

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