December 02, 2016

Ranking Member DeFazio Reacts to DOT Decision to Grant NAI Permit

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member DeFazio released the following statement following DOT's decision to grant NAI Permit: 

“Today, the Department of Transportation granted Norwegian Air International’s U.S. foreign air carrier permit. DOT’s decision has guaranteed a race to the bottom in our transatlantic aviation market. ‘Norwegian’ is a virtual airline, set up under a flag of convenience to exploit weak labor laws in other countries like Singapore, save money, and undercut competition. I am extremely disappointed by DOT’s short-sighted decision to ignore the serious harm to thousands of American jobs, and our national security. Bipartisan legislation to stop the NAI permit garnered 175 co-sponsors this Congress—I intend to work with my colleagues to fight this attack on Open Skies,”