‘An Important Stand for Fair Competition’: DOT Dismisses NAI Exemption Request

Leadership From the Cockpit

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Today the U.S. Department of Transportation sided with the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) and dozens of other organizations—not to mention members of Congress on both sides of the aisle—in dismissing Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) request for temporary authorization to fly to and from the United States. This decision marks significant progress in the drive to help ensure a level playing field for U.S. airlines.

“The U.S. Department of Transportation took an important stand for fair competition today by denying Norwegian Air International’s request for temporary authorization to fly to and from the United States,” said Capt. Lee Moak, ALPA’s president.

While an important decision, more work remains for ALPA and its broad coalition of partners in this fight. This decision covers only NAI’s request for an exemption to conduct business while its application for a foreign air carrier permit is processed; DOT still must reject that application and…

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