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Norwegian welcomes final approval from US Department of Transportation

Press release   •   Dec 02, 2016 21:41 EST

Responding to news that the US Department of Transportation has approved Norwegian Air International's (NAI) application for a foreign carrier permit:

"We welcome the long overdue news that Norwegian Air International (NAI) has finally been awarded a foreign carrier permit by the US Department of Transportation. 

This approval finally makes it possible for us to open the U.S. to Ireland routes we, and many others, have been looking forward to.We now also look forward to our foreign carrier permit for Norwegian Air UK (NUK) to be approved next.

We would like to thank the many airports, airlines, industry and business groups, politicians and members of the public in Europe and the US who have offered us their continued support over the last three years.

While the delays Norwegian have faced have been unfortunate and unnecessary, ultimately the decision now made by the US DOT finally paves the way for greater competition, more flights and more jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. Above all, it is a victory for millions of passengers who will benefit from more choice and lower fares. We now look forward to working on our plans for Norwegian's continued expansion in the US, delivering the flights, jobs and economic boost we always promised we would.”

U.S media contact:
Anders Lindström
Director of Communications, USA
Norwegian Air 

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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