DOT Turns Down Norwegian UK Request for Temporary Permit
The U.S. Department of Transportation rejected an application from Norwegian Air Shuttle’s British subsidiary, Norwegian UK, for a temporary permit to operate flights between the United States and Europe but the application for permanent authority will remain pending and under review.
The move is unrelated to the application by the airline’s Irish-flag subsidiary, Norwegian Air International, which was given a provisional green light by the agency in May to operate flights to the United States from Ireland and other parts of the European Union.
“Norwegian UK is a recognized British airline, with a large UK base and the support of the British Government,” said the airline’s U.S. director of communications, Anders Lindström. “Given Norwegian UK’s clear and legitimate right to a Foreign Carrier Permit, we therefore remain confident we will receive final approval.”
Norwegian UK already has a UK operating license that was granted by the UK Civil Aviation Authority in November 2015. Norwegian Air Shuttle is currently the third-largest airline group operating flights in and out of London Gatwick Airport, including eight long-haul routes and 40 short-haul ones.
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