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

How a Norwegian Airline Could Steal Your Job (

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently rendered a decision that would grant Norwegian Air International (NAI) a foreign air carrier permit and access to the US aviation market. NAI is a Norwegian airline in name only. The carrier is registered in Ireland to avoid Norwegian safety and security regulations and rents its cabin crews from […]

May 4, 2016


On April 15, the Department of Transportation (DOT) tentatively approved a  Norwegian Airline’s request for a foreign air carrier permit to allow it to operate flights to the United States. Here’s the catch: That airline, Norwegian Air International (NAI), is registered in Ireland and will employ flight crews under Singaporean or Thai employment contracts and […]

April 29, 2016

ITF and ETF call on US president to stop unfair labour practices by Norwegian Air International

Despite massive opposition both from the United States and Europe, the US Department of Transport (DOT) issued last Friday an order that would tentatively grant Norwegian Air International (NAI) a foreign air carrier permit, unless disapproved by the President of the United States. The international Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation […]

April 21, 2016