DOT Rejects Norwegian Air’s Interim Request to Provide Low-Cost Transatlantic Service

By Paul Riegler on 3 September 2014
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A Norwegian aircraft in Krakow

A Norwegian aircraft in Krakow

The Department of Transportation denied Norwegian Air International a temporary foreign air carrier operating authorization, putting off the question as to whether the airline will be able to fly into and out of the United States.

“The department continues to review the extensive record and deliberate on the application for longer-term operating authority,” the department said in a statement.

Norwegian Air International, a subsidiary of Norwegian Air, is registered in Ireland and has its head office in Dublin.  The carrier offers low-cost flights to and from Europe and the United States.  Its plans have been widely criticized in the United States by airline employees, unions, and airline executives because of its so-called “flag of convenience” strategy locates the airline away from its home country of Norway.

In denying the application, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said that he was influenced by the large number of comments from a variety of interests that included U.S. airlines and airports, “which reflects the novel and complex nature of this case” and that the temporary exemption sought by Norwegian was not “appropriate or in the public interest.”

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