U.S. regulators on Thursday dismissed an initial application from European discount airline Norwegian Air Shuttle A/S to establish a new long-haul operation in the U.K.
The U.S. Department of Transportation will continue to review the controversial carrier’s plan and is still to complete its approval for a license for the airline to establish a base in Ireland for long-haul flights.
Norwegian Air needs approval from U.S. authorities for overseas bases that operate flights to the U.S. The U.K. and Irish bases have come under criticism from some airlines and labor groups. Critics have said the airline is trying to circumvent some labor and tax rules with the overseas bases to lower its costs, charges Norwegian denies.
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I must admit that I am very disappointed with the US DOT.