UK urges US to allow Norwegian flights

British government asks regulators for positive decision
The British government is urging regulators in the USA to allow Norwegian’s UK wing to operate services across the Atlantic, despite opposition from unions.
Low-cost Norwegian wants to base more long-haul operations in the UK, but US regulators keep delaying a decision on whether to allow its British subsidiary to fly to the United States. Objections to the carrier’s wishes have come from US unions, the European pilots’ union and some rival airlines.
Norwegian currently flies from the UK to the US on its Norwegian operating license. Its UK license allows it to fly to Asia, South America and South Africa but not yet to the United States.
Patricia Hayes, the UK’s general director for civil aviation, wrote to the US Department of Transportation calling for Norwegian’s application to be approved, explaining that it was in accordance with the terms of the Open Skies agreement between the EU and the US.


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