EU backs Norwegian in US licence struggle

Delay on Norwegian license breaches aviation deal

The United States is violating an aviation deal with the European Union by taking too long to give a license to Norwegian allowing it to operate more trans-Atlantic flights, the European Commission says.

Norwegian currently flies to the US on a temporary license from Norway. It wants a foreign-carrier permit for its Irish subsidiary, something that is backed by the EU but strongly opposed by US unions and airlines like Delta, American and United, who argue it will undermine US wages and working standards.

“The European Commission considers that there is a breach of the EU-US air transport agreement by the US authorities. […] The US authorities are taking too long to process the application,” the European Commission said in a statement, adding that previous applicants got the licence far more quickly.

Reuters

[photo courtesy Norwegian]


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