US approves Norwegian’s Irish plans

Approval for Irish-based subsidiary to fly to USA
Approval has finally come from the United States for the application by Norwegian’s Irish-based subsidiary to fly to the US, Skift writes.
There was little doubt approval would be eventually made, as the US had no legitimate basis to deny it, but the Department of Transportation waited years before getting around to it.
The move is a blow to some US airlines and unions. European regulators, meanwhile, were becoming increasingly irritated at the delay.
Most airlines usually have one operating certificate. Norwegian has four – two in Norway, one in the UK and one in Ireland. Each entity operates as an independent subsidiary.
The low-cost carrier started flying to the United States in 2014, but it wants two of its other airlines – the ones based in Ireland and the UK – to fly to there, taking advantage of better aviation policies in the UK and Ireland.
UK-based airlines have more traffic rights to South Africa and India, for example, while Irish airlines have more traffic rights to Asia.
Shifting some of its US flights to its Irish operation should give Norwegian more control over routing, for example to fly from New York to Barcelona and onward to Asia.
The DOT has still not cleared Norwegian’s UK-based subsidiary, but eventually it should do so.


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