Norwegian considering making a complaint to ESA on the flight tax

Communications Director in Norwegian Anne-Sissel SkånvikCommunications Director in Norwegian Anne-Sissel Skånvik.Photo: Fredrik Varfjell / NTB scanpix

Norwegian believes the proposed airplane fee favors SAS and Widerøe. The company will bring the tax to the EFTA Surveillance Authority if it’s implemented.

This is no empty threat,  communications director Anne-Sissel Skånvik in Norwegian says to Aftenposten.

In their answer for the hearing  Norwegian points out that the proposal stipulates that only one fee will be paid for each  flight domestically taken together. According to the company, this will favor the SAS, which enjoys a long route cooperation  with and is a partial owner of Widerøe.
But if you choose a combined flight that combines Widerøe and Norwegian,  you have to pay the fee twice because companies have no route cooperation. And Norwegian thinks this is “unfair competition.”
In the place of the airplane passenger fee, the company proposes  that the government increases the CO2 tax on aviation fuel.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today