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Orlando Airport Says Norwegian Air International Decision Is ‘Disappointing’

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Opponents of Norwegian Air International Claim the low cost carrier would have an 'unfair economic advantage' over US based airlines on international routes. Photo- Matthew Peddie, WMFE

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The US Department of Transportation has rejected a bid by low cost airline Norwegian Air International to immediately start new flights from Europe to the US.

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority says that’s a missed economic opportunity.

NAI asked the US Department of Transportation for an exemption that would allow it to start service immediately, while the department reviews its application for a foreign air carrier permit.

One of the destinations would be Orlando International Airport.

Airport spokesperson Carolyn Fennell says non-stop international service like the flights offered by NAI has a a big impact on the local economy.

“International air service contributes some $2.8 billion in economic impact annually to Central Florida, so the decision to dismiss the Norwegian Air International application after some 9 months is disappointing,” says Fennell.

She says the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority is working to promote more direct, non-stop flights to and from the airport.

Meanwhile the Air Line Pilots Association wants the US government to deny NAI’s application.

ALPA says the airline would have an unfair economic advantage over US carriers.

NAI says it’s confident it will eventually get the permits to fly.

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »