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

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

Fritt Fall – airlines in free fall

Fritt fall – på jobb i lufta til lavpris, by Pål Vegard Hagesæther, reviewed by Asbjørn Wahl, adviser to the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees, and chair of the ITF urban transport committee In the book Fritt fall – på jobb i lufta til lavpris (Free fall – at work in the air […]

May 12, 2015

ETUC declaration: Some low fares airlines undermine collective bargaining (

When the ETUC Executive Committee convened for their meeting on March 10, pilots in the budget carrier Norwegian had been on strike for 11 days. The main demand of the Norwegian Pilot Union (NPU) was to have a collective agreement with their real employer, Norwegian Air Shuttle. In Denmark, Ryanair is establishing a base in […]

March 13, 2015

ITF applauds US DOT decision on Norwegian Air

The ITF has applauded the decision on 2 September by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to refuse Norwegian Air International (NAI) – a key offender in attempting to introduce flags of convenience (FOCs) in aviation – an exemption for a foreign air carrier permit. The exemption would have allowed the carrier to launch an […]

September 6, 2014

Norwegian Air International: What’s past is prologue (

By Donald Marcus Will U.S. commercial aviation travel the same path as U.S. maritime where flags of convenience cripple an important part of our economy? Right now, the Senate must decide if it will join the House in passing legislation that will help prevent Norwegian Air International and similar fly-by-night flag-of-convenience operators from entering our […]

August 22, 2014