Government says “no” to Norwegian airline’s demand for extra billions of kroner

Geir Karlsen - Jacob Schram - Iselin NybøPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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The Norwegian government plans to expand and strengthen support measures for the airlines. At the same time, it will be giving no extra support to Norwegian and Erik Braathen’s new airline.

“The state’s main consideration – an adequate aviation offer and healthy competition in aviation – will continue to be taken care of in the Norwegian aviation market,” Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø (V) said in a press release on Monday morning.

Both Norwegian and former Braathens SAFE director Erik G. Braathen have recently asked for support from the government – outside the ordinary schemes.

“Not justifiable”

Norwegian has asked the state for several billion kroner in support, while Braathen has asked for state support as part of the financing of a new Norwegian airline that he is working on.

“Norwegian has asked for billions in financial support, and the government has assessed that in this situation, it is not a justifiable use of funds.

“Actors in Norwegian aviation can draw on many of the other general schemes we have presented,” Nybø noted.

Norwegian will hold a press conference at 10:30 on Monday. 

“This puts Norwegian in a challenging situation,” the company wrote in a stock exchange announcement.

Although the government rejected requests from Norwegian and Braathen, it plans to expand and strengthen the existing support schemes for aviation.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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