Norwegian Air is seeking protection from its creditors as it attempts to restructure its business and survive the coronavirus pandemic.
A statement on Wednesday that it has decided to file for examinership in Ireland, which is where its aircraft assets are held. Examinership allows companies to seek a court’s protection from creditors for up to 100 days, and is the rough equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States.
The carrier warned last week that it would need additional cash to continue operating through the first quarter of next year and beyond. It received a state-backed loan of 3 billion Norwegian Krone ($288.7 million) in May, but the country’s government has ruled out providing more financial assistance — a decision Schram described as “a slap in the face.”
The airline carried just 1 million passengers in the third quarter, compared to 10.5 million during the same period last year. Its quarterly operating loss amounted to 2.8 billion Krone ($310 million), while cash and cash equivalents had dwindled to just 3.4 billion Krone ($376 million) at the end of September.