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DOT Gives Norwegian UK Final Approval for Transatlantic Operations

Press release   •   Sep 22, 2017 19:56 EDT

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NEW YORK (SEPTEMBER 22, 2017)  Norwegian announced today that its British subsidiary, Norwegian UK (NUK), was granted a foreign air carrier permit by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). The permit allows NUK to operate flights between the UK, Europe and the U.S.

NUK was established in 2015 to allow Norwegian to build on its growing long-haul operations by accessing bilateral traffic rights to a series of global markets. With these new traffic rights, Norwegian will be able to establish a seamless operation and more effectively utilize its long-haul fleet – this includes the use of the same aircraft across all long-haul routes including the U.S., Singapore, Argentina and other future long-haul markets.

“This is great news for Norwegian and passengers on both sides of the Atlantic, and this approval enables us to offer even more new routes, greater choice and lower fares. Our Norwegian UK subsidiary has already opened the door to a range of new markets, so securing access to the U.S is the final piece of the puzzle, allowing us to operate a seamless operation with affordable fares to a range of global destinations," Norwegian's CEO Bjørn Kjos.

“New routes will also lead to more jobs, and along with the more than 600 pilots and flight attendants already working for us in the United States, we look forward to creating thousands more jobs and economic benefits as we continue to grow. We would like to thank the many airports, airlines, businesses and politicians on both sides of the Atlantic for supporting for NUK and the huge benefits of Open Skies and fair competition." 

Work will now begin to establish which elements of Norwegian’s existing long-haul operations (including new and existing routes, aircraft and crew) will be operated by the NUK subsidiary in future.

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Norwegian is the world’s sixth largest low-cost airline and carried 30 million passengers in 2016. The airline operates 450 routes to 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean and the U.S. Norwegian has a fleet of 120 aircraft, with an average age of 3.6 years, making it one of the world’s youngest fleets. Norwegian was named the Most Fuel-Efficient Airline on Transatlantic Routes by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Norwegian was named the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards in 2015 and 2016, and for the fourth consecutive year, named Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline. Norwegian employs 6,000 people. The airline offers 40 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London, Paris, Scandinavia and the Caribbean. Follow @Fly_Norwegian on Twitter, join the discussion on Facebook and keep up with our adventures on Instagram. For more information on Norwegian and its network, visit