Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) has confirmed comments attributed to Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael O'Leary that talks over a possible traffic feed partnership between the two European budget carriers have fallen through.

Ryanair had long mentioned ongoing talks about feeding its regional European traffic into the Scandinavian LCC's longhaul network via their mutual London Gatwick hub.

However, after its announcement last week confirming its participation in easyJet's connecting hub project - Worldwide by easyJet - Norwegian has itself now officially stated that talks with Ryanair are off.

"We are delighted to have entered into partnership with easyJet which was an obvious and natural fit for each airlines’ large and growing networks. Previous discussions with Ryanair are no longer active," the carrier said in a statement sent to Reuters.

While Worldwide by easyJet has garnered initial partnerships from Norwegian, WestJet, and Loganair, Ryanair has thus far only managed to sign Air Europa up to its platform. Talks with Aer Lingus, and even Air Malta, have been mentioned.