New tax forces Norwegian, Widerøe to up fares

But SAS, Ryanair not passing it on to consumers, for now
A new passenger tax due to be enforced by Norway’s government from April 1 will force low-cost carrier Norwegian to raise its fares, a spokesman for the airline says.
Norwegian and domestic carrier Widerøe both say they will increase ticket prices by NOK 90 (€9.60) per journey. However, SAS and Ryanair have said they are not passing the costs of the new passenger duty on to consumers for now.
“Ticket prices have been adjusted to take into account the implementation of the proposed passenger charge,” Norwegian’s head of communications Lassae Sandaker-Nielsen told NRK.
Widerøe communications chief Richard Kongsteien told NRK: “We have put prices up to avoid making losses on previously-sold tickets that will now become subject to the charge.”
The tax was approved by Norway’s parliament in December but has been strongly protested by airlines, who argue it will damage regional routes while not achieving the intended aim of cutting carbon emissions.
The Local


Check Also

Norway, tourism, economy

Travel brings billions to Norway’s economy

A new survey shows that foreigners flying to Norway with Norwegian, SAS and Widerøe are boosting the economy in a big way.

Norwegian, Brazil, cleared, low-cost, long-haul

Brazil clears Norwegian to operate flights

Flights to Brazil are "characterised by low competition and high prices. Norwegian Air intends to reverse that.”

Ryanair, cancellations, flights, Germany, Union, VC, pilot, strike, Sweden, Belgium, countries, Ireland, date

Ryanair axes hundreds of flights for tomorrow

The low-cost carrier says that all affected passengers have been offered a refund or an alternative route.

Ryanair, pilots, strike, Ireland, Forsa, union, cancel, flights, Sweden, Germany, VC, Belgium, Netherlands

German pilots to join Swedes in Ryanair strike

Pilots in Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland and possibly also the Netherlands will strike against Ryanair on Friday.

Norwegian, South America, Brazil, strategy, flights, aircraft, transatlantic, low-cost, passengers, record, July, load factor, numbers

Norwegian sets passenger record, confirms Brazil

Norwegian confirms that it has applied to the authorities of another country with “great potential”.

Rolls-Royce, Trent 1000, 900, fault, cost, results, loss, profit, airlines, aircraft, Boeing, dreamliner, 787, BMW

Rolls-Royce budgets €1.7bn to fix engines

Major customers of the Trent 1000 include Boeing, which uses the faulty engines on its 787s.