5 DECEMBER 2016
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The United States Department of Transportation has approved Norwegian Air's application for a foreign carrier permit, allowing it to launch flights to the US from EU countries. De facto, this will not make much difference, short-term the airline already operating across the North Atlantic from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Norway is not a member of the European Union, but the airline’s Irish subsidiary which made the application will now be able to access the EU’s aviation rights to fly between the US and EU. The approval augurs well for any United Kingdom application post-Brexit.
“We welcome the long overdue news that Norwegian Air International has finally been awarded a foreign carrier permit by the US Department of Transportation,” the airline said in a statement. The decision “paves the way for greater competition, more flights and more jobs on both sides of the Atlantic”.
The low-cost carrier plans to launch flights from Cork in Ireland to US cities as part of its expansion campaign.
Norwegian said it was now looking forward to its foreign carrier permit for Norwegian Air UK to be approved.
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