The Transportation Trades Department’s statement on US DOT rejection of NAUK exemption application (

Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) rejection of Norwegian Air UK’s (NAUK) foreign air carrier permit exemption application: “We are pleased the U.S. Department of Transportation has rejected the application of Norwegian Air UK (NAUK) for a foreign air carrier […]

July 11, 2016

NAI’s sister airline, Norwegian Air UK, denied foreign air carrier exemption (International Machinists Union)

In a decision that the Machinists Union hopes could be precursor to deny Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) request for a foreign air carrier permit, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) yesterday denied Norwegian Air UK’s (NAUK)—NAI’s UK sister airline—application for a foreign air carrier exemption. “The Machinists Union applauds yesterday’s decision by the DOT to […]

July 4, 2016

Flight Attendant Union Applauds DOT Rejection of Exemption For Norwegian Air UK (

After months of intense pressure from a broad labor coalition, including the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) today denied an exemption for a foreign air carrier permit to Norwegian Air UK. AFA urges the DOT to close the door on Norwegian UK permanently by rejecting the foreign air […]

July 1, 2016

Setting the record straight on Norwegian Air and the US-EU Open Skies Agreement (

By John D. Porcari Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 2009-2013 Expanding global connectivity through aviation only succeeds when the playing field is level and the rules are both universally understood and scrupulously enforced. That was the core principle behind our government’s negotiation of an amended air services agreement with the European […]

June 28, 2016

Obama’s bad plane deal (

The administration is set to allow Norwegian Air to fly into the U.S. while avoiding Norway’s labor laws. By Richard Trumka and Edward Wytkind America’s working people are rightly suspicious of trade policy. For too long our trade strategy has protected corporate interests while fueling a race to the bottom in living standards for working […]

June 2, 2016

A short video of the #DenyNAI protest rally from AFA-CWA

On 13 May 2016, over 1000 aviation workers, union leaders and members of the Congress gathered to call on the Obama Administration to “Deny NAI” at a rally outside the White House. The rally was in response to the Department of Transportation’s recent ill-advised decision to tentatively grant Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a […]

May 17, 2016

Aviation workers picket White House over Norwegian Air (

Norwegian Air International, a low-fare airline that recently won its first step toward approval for flights to the U.S., drew protests Thursday from rival workers who contend the bargain jets would skirt labor and safety laws. Hundreds of aviation workers chanting “Deny NAI” picketed in front of the White House on Thursday. Unions for pilots, […]

May 13, 2016

Preventing a global race to the bottom in the airline industry (

Statement by Senator Bernie Sanders: We Must Prevent a Global Race to the Bottom in the Airline Industry Norwegian Air International’s attempt to undermine international labor laws by outsourcing cheap labor from Thailand and other low-wage countries is unacceptable. The U.S. Department of Transportation should not be rewarding this airline with a foreign air carrier […]

May 10, 2016