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DeFazio Reacts to DOT Decision to Grant Norwegian Air U.K Permit

Jul 18, 2017
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DeFazio Reacts to DOT Decision to Grant Norwegian Air U.K Permit

Washington, D.C. –Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement following the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) decision to grant Norwegian Air U.K’s U.S. foreign air carrier permit: 

“President Trump may have deemed this ‘Made in America’ week, but his commitment to ‘Made in America’ is as flimsy as his Chinese-made neckties. On Friday, the Trump Administration granted Norwegian Air U.K.’s U.S. foreign air carrier permit, jeopardizing thousands of good-paying American jobs at American companies. Just like Norwegian Air International, ‘Norwegian Air U.K.’ is set up under a flag of convenience to exploit weak labor laws in other countries, save money, and undercut competition in violation of international aviation agreements. I introduced bipartisan legislation to stop Norwegian and Norwegian Air U.K.’s permit, which has garnered 69 co-sponsors this Congress. This legislation to stop a transatlantic race to the bottom was also included in the FAA Reauthorization that recently passed the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. I will continue to work with my colleagues to fight this attack on Open Skies.”

BACKGROUND

In April 2017, DeFazio, along with Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), and Representative Drew Ferguson (R-GA) introduced legislation that would preclude the DOT from issuing a foreign air carrier permit for U.S. operations to an airline that exploits a “flag of convenience” to avoid the regulations of its home country. That legislation has 69 co-sponsors and was included in the FAA Reauthorization legislation that passed the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

 

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