The Norwegian government’s tender requirements could exclude Wizz Air from participating

Wizz AirPhoto: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB

The Norwegian government has issued a tender for government purchases of air routes. Several requirements can exclude Wizz Air from participating in the tender.

In addition to price, the government emphasizes several other requirements for participating in the tender for routes in Norway, FriFagbevegelse writes.

The airlines are also required to ensure that fundamental trade union rights and the right to collective bargaining, in accordance with the ILO Convention, are safeguarded in their own operations and with any subcontractors.

There are also other requirements that Wizz Air currently does not comply with, according to FriFagbevegelse.

A new tender for 18 routes

In a press release on Wednesday, the Ministry of Transport and Communications stated that they had announced a tender for the operation of 18 routes. 

“The government is concerned with ensuring a good flight offer throughout the country. The infection situation means that there is still a need for state support to ensure society’s transport needs. 

“The government ensures a good offer to air passengers through this announcement of a tender for the operation of the routes,” Minister of Transport Knut Arild Hareide (KrF) noted.

Route details

The following 18 routes are included in the competition:

  • Routes to be operated with aircraft with at least 110 seats: Kristiansand-Oslo, Haugesund-Oslo, Molde-Oslo, Kristiansund-Oslo, Bardufoss-Oslo, Alta-Oslo, Kirkenes-Oslo, Tromsø-Oslo, Trondheim-Bodø-Tromsø.
  • Routes that have been operated with Dash 8: Oslo-Florø, Bergen-Florø, Oslo-Ørsta / Volda, Stokmarknes-Bodø, Stokmarknes-Tromsø, Tromsø-Vadsø, Tromsø-Hammerfest, Tromsø-Alta, Tromsø-Kirkenes.

All airlines in the EU and EEA can participate in the competition. Previously, SAS, Widerøe, and Norwegian held these contracts.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications aims to award the contracts in the first half of February.

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