Norwegian Competition Authority expands monitoring of Norwegian aviation to include Wizz Air

Wideroe - Wizz AirPhoto: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB
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The Norwegian Competition Authority continues to monitor the competition in the Norwegian aviation market. It’s now expanding its monitoring to include Wizz Air.

The aviation market has been closely monitored by the Norwegian Competition Authority for several years. Both SAS and Norwegian report, among other things, data on their routes on several of the largest domestic flight routes in Norway.

The monitoring shows that the companies competed in a way that is favorable for air passengers until the pandemic occurred. 

The monitoring is now being continued, in line with the wishes of both Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø (V) and Minister of Transport Knut Arild Hareide (KrF). 

Focus on domestic aviation

They have asked the Norwegian Competition Authority to pay particular attention to competition in domestic aviation in the special and demanding situation resulting from the corona pandemic.

“In order to be able to also follow the market closely in the future, the Norwegian Competition Authority has decided to extend market monitoring to also apply to Wizz Air,” competition director Lars Sørgard noted in a press release.

The reason is that the Hungarian low-cost airline has now established itself on several of the relevant domestic routes.

Initially, the monitoring has a duration of two years but can be extended if necessary. 

It can also be adjusted along the way if, for example, new players establish themselves in the Norwegian aviation market.

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