One of the main legal advisers to the US government states that Norwegian license could not be denied just because the company has lower paid personnel in flights.
Competitor objections against Norwegian allowance to have the lower-paid personnel on flights between Europe and the United States alone could not be used to refuse Norwegian license, according to the input from Office of Legal Counsel (OCL). The office is subject to the Department of Justice and has given a statement to the Ministry of Transport which reported by Irish Times on Tuesday, written by Dagens Næringsliv.
American competitors and unions argue that International Norwegian Air violates the European-American open aviation agreement through the use of low-paid crew on flights to and from the United States, but if this is the only reason then it cannot be used alone to refuse the company license, mentioned by OCL.
Norwegian is continuing the business well within the open aviation agreement. The company’s application for US traffic rights have been considered in about two years now. According to The Irish Times, the matter shall be discussed by American and European representatives this week.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today