Flights at Stockholm airport disrupted after Boeing jets grounded

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for TUI Group sits parked at Boeing Co.’s Renton Assembly Plant in Renton, Washington, in the western U.S., on March 11, 2019. The European Union has banned Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes from its airspace in response to the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)
Stockholm’s Arlanda airport is experiencing disruption with an estimated 20 departures affected by the ban on Boeing 737 Max jets from flying in European airspace.

Tuesday night’s decision by the European aviation authority follows the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 plane that killed 157 people on Sunday, five months after a similar Indonesian Lion Air jet plunged into the ocean.

In Sweden it is mainly customers of the airlines Norwegian and TUI that are affected.

For Norwegian, this means a tenth of its planes are grounded, affecting mainly departures in Europe and to the Middle East. On Wednesday morning, a company spokesperson said that they are re-booking passengers onto other flights, or customers can also choose a refund.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Competition Bureau says Arctic airline merger could cause higher prices, fewer flights, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: EU Boeing aircraft ban affects Norwegian Airlines flights in Helsinki, Yle News

Norway: Longer runway for bigger planes in Kirkenes, northern Norway, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Russian regional airline cancels only direct Murmansk-Oslo link, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Swedish regional airline Nextjet files for bankruptcy, cancels all flights, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaska Airlines adds restrictions on emotional support animals, Alaska Public Media

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