A very big day for consumers
he Business Travel Coalition (BTC) and OpenSkies.travel today applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) proposed approval of Norwegian Air International’s foreign air carrier permit. The decision, which was validated by the Departments of Justice and State, makes clear that Article 17 bis is not a factor in granting a foreign air carrier permit, and that Norwegian has met all conditions for issuance of its permit.
“Although the approval took over two years, today’s decision paves the way for NAI’s pro-competitive, low-cost transatlantic service,” said BTC Chairman Kevin Mitchell. “Consumers will be the notable beneficiaries of this pro-competitive development with new air travel choices and alternatives,” added Mitchell.
Foreign carrier new entry has become essential for restoring a semblance of competition for consumers on both sides of the Atlantic. BTC, OpenSkies.travel and the managed-travel community are committed to removing political and anti-competitive barriers to entry for foreign carriers seeking to serve the U.S.