The US department of transportation (DOT) has denied Norwegian Air Shuttle’s (NAS) bid for temporary permission to fly to the US.
The airline applied for permission using an Irish-registered subsidiary. Critics argue that its Irish registry would have allowed NAS to circumvent labour laws and pay its pilots and crew low wages.
The ruling puts NAS’ plans to deliver a low-cost long-haul service from London to the US in jeopardy.
NAS already holds a permit to fly between Europe and the US, and its existing operations to the US are not affected by today’s announcement.
The DOT is still reviewing the carrier’s request for long-term permission. NAS has claimed that the DOT’s response “is not a denial,” and that it simply needs more time.