US denies long-haul permit to Norwegian UK

US also yet to complete approval for Ireland license
Norwegian has suffered a blow as US regulators dismiss an initial application from the airline to establish a new long-haul operation in the UK.
However, the US Department of Transportation said it would continue to review the carrier’s plan. The application had secured support from British aviation authorities, but US regulators said they needed more time to review the application.
The airline must get approval from US authorities for overseas bases that operate flights to the US. The US has also yet to complete its approval for a license for the airline to set up a base in Ireland for long-haul flights.
Critics accuse the carrier of trying to circumvent labour and tax rules with its overseas bases to lower costs, which Norwegian denies.
A Norwegian spokesperson said the airline remained optimistic that the decision would eventually go its way.
“Norwegian UK is a recognised British airline, with a large UK base and the support of the UK government,” he added. “Given Norwegian UK’s clear and legitimate right to a Foreign Carrier Permit, we therefore remain confident we will receive final approval.”
Wall Street Journal / TTG Digital

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