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The Seattle Times Reports on Norwegian Air Decision

US Gives Norwegian Air OK to Expand Disputed Low-cost Flights Here As reported by Dominic Gates in The Seattle Times In a decision released Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) finally granted European low-cost carrier Norwegian Air a permit that will allow it to expand flights to the U.S., despite fierce opposition from large U.S. […]

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The Hill Covers TTD’s Take on Norwegian Air’s Open Skies Bid

As published by Keith Laing in The Hill   What ever happened to Norwegian Air’s open skies bid? Norwegian Airlines’s bid to gain more access to airports in the U.S. and European Union was the talk of the aviation industry in 2014, but it appears to have stalled this year. The company is attempting to gain access […]

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Transportation Labor Sets Comprehensive 2015 Agenda

ATLANTA, GA—The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) and its 32 affiliated unions waded into every major transportation policy debate in Washington and focused on expanding transportation investments, reforming safety policy, protecting workers’ rights, and rejecting job-killing trade policies. “2015 must be the year when we break the stalemate on funding our badly deteriorated transportation system […]

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US DOT Must Ground Norwegian Air Scheme

U.S. air carriers and their employees cannot be forced to compete with foreign airlines that seek to gain an economic advantage by violating the very air transport agreements that allow them to enter the U.S. marketplace in the first place. That is why transportation labor has waged an aggressive effort to stop Norwegian Air International’s […]

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Norwegian Air International Scheme Still Should Not Fly

Washington, DC—Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to attempts by Norwegian Air International (NAI) allies to promote NAI’s flag of convenience scheme: “Today’s press event by travel industry special interests felt like a walk through a twisted fantasy world – a world where a rogue airline […]

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“Cromnibus” Includes Important Provision Ensuring U.S. Rejects Flag of Convenience Airlines

WASHINGTON, D.C.—TTD President Edward Wytkind issued the following statement today about the proposed government funding bill: “Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) attempt to introduce a job-killing ‘flag of convenience’ model in the U.S. aviation market suffered another blow today. Despite lobbying efforts by NAI, Congress included language in the proposed FY 2015 spending bill that ensures […]

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TTD, AFA-CWA, ALPA, IAM, and TWU Urge Appropriators to Reject NAI-Like Airline Operating Schemes

On behalf of hundreds of thousands U.S. aviation workers, we ask that you include the House-passed Westmoreland-DeFazio amendment language in any year-end appropriations measure.  This provision, included in the FY 2015 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD), simply requires the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to ensure that the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement is implemented in full accordance with U.S. law and terms and conditions of the agreement.  An identical amendment was also introduced by Senators Klobuchar (D-MN), Blunt (R-MO), Schatz (D-HI) and Moran (R-KS) and other Senators prior to consideration of the Senate FY 2015 THUD bill.

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Roll Call—U.S., EU Officials Meet On Norwegian Air Controversy

U.S., EU Officials Meet On Norwegian Air Controversy As published by Tom Curry in Roll Call Transportation Department and State Department officials met Tuesday with representatives of the European Union to discuss why the Transportation Department hasn’t yet decided on an application for a foreign air carrier permit from Norwegian Air International (NAI), the Ireland-based […]

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Joint Declaration of U.S. and European Transportation Unions in Opposition To Norwegian Air International Flag of Convenience Scheme

  Air Line Pilots Association, International European Cockpit Association Association of Flight Attendants-CWA European Transport Workers Federation International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Norsk Flygerforbund (Norwegian ALPA) Transport Workers Union Parat Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO   As leaders of transportation unions on both sides of the Atlantic, we call on the governments of the […]

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The Wall Street Journal on the Norwegian Air Debate

[As published By Doug Cameron in The Wall Street Journal] Norwegian Air’s Fight for Expansion Intensifies The battle over a European airline’s plan to expand flights to the U.S. intensified on Thursday as both sides in the debate highlighted safety issues ahead of a crucial meeting of regulators next week. The yearlong effort by Norwegian Air […]

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