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Norwegian Air Cutting Flights to the Caribbean

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Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air announced it no longer plans to operate flights between the Caribbean, the United States and Canada.

According to the USA Today, Norwegian will no longer offer flights from Montreal, New York City and Fort Lauderdale to the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe when the airline’s current seasonal service ends.

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“We are sad to see the end of our French Caribbean operations, which we launched back in 2015,” Norwegian spokesman Anders Lindstrom told USA Today. “While our routes to Guadeloupe and Martinique have performed fairly well, with cost-cutting measures as a priority and aircraft utilization in focus, it is not financially sustainable as a European airline to each winter season move operations—aircraft, pilots and cabin crew—from Europe to these islands.”

Norwegian has been dealing with financial issues that nearly brought the carrier to bankruptcy, and the decision to cut all unprofitable routes was a necessary change. The flights officially end on March 31.

“Both Guadeloupe and Martinique are hidden gems in the Caribbean and great tourist destinations,” Lindstrom continued. “We truly hope a US-based carrier will be able to step in and fill the gap as we have significantly increased the awareness of these two wonderful islands.”

In addition, Norwegian officials said the airline’s flights from Martinique and Guadeloupe to Cayenne, French Guiana, will also be abandoned.

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Passengers Arrested After Violent Brawl on Plane

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Two easyJet passengers were arrested at Edinburgh Airport for a violently bloody fight on Thursday that left cabin crew and passengers distraught.

According to The Sun, the plane had been splattered with blood and some crew members were in tears.

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“It was very frightening for this to unfold in mid-air,” one witness said. “It was a violent confrontation and an area of the cabin was covered in blood. The cabin crew did a great job to try to contain it. But some were reduced to tears because of what unfolded.”

The flight landed in Edinburgh, Scotland from Copenhagen at around 1:30 in the afternoon, where the two men were quickly detained by police.

A spokesman for the airline said “We can confirm that flight EZY6980 from Copenhagen to Edinburgh was met by police on arrival as a result of two passengers on board behaving disruptively.

“EasyJet’s cabin crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

The spokesman added, “The safety and wellbeing of customers and crew is our highest priority.”

It is unclear at this time what had prompted the fight. According to a spokesman for the Scotland Police, the two men, aged 28 and 42, are charged for breach of the peace.

“A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal,” the spokesman said.

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