Norwegian UK gets tentative transatlantic approval

Norwegian UK gets tentative transatlantic approval

Norwegian’s new UK subsidiary Norwegian UK has received tentative approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for its foreign air carrier permit.

The permit will grant the airline permission to fly routes between the U.S. and Europe in compliance with the current EU-US Open Skies Agreement.

Norwegian UK will be able to operate flights to other regions such as South America, South Africa and places in Asia when the permit is approved.

Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos said: “Tentative US approval for our UK subsidiary takes us a positive step towards being able to offer millions of passengers even more new routes and lower fares. We look forward to final DOT approval for Norwegian UK’s foreign air carrier permit soon, allowing us to continue delivering more flights, more choice and more jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.”

The airline looks to make use of its long-haul fleet on routes to the U.S., Singapore, Argentina and later Asia and South America.

Flights from London Gatwick to Singapore are looking to begin in September and to Argentina in 2018. Norwegian is already the third largest operator at Gatwick, flying 4.6 million passengers a year.

Alex Baldwin
By Alex Baldwin July 17, 2017 12:42