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ALPA filed a lawsuit today to overturn the Obama administration’s unfathomable decision to permit Norwegian Air International (NAI) to fly to and from the United States. As part of the continuing efforts to reverse the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) misguided ruling that will negatively alter the future of the U.S. airline industry, ALPA and several other U.S. labor groups representing more than 100,000 aviation workers filed a petition for review of DOT’s decision in the U.S. court of appeals.
In an opinion piece published in The Hill on Monday, January 9, AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) President Ed Wytkind delivers to Washington, D.C., readers a view that ALPA also shares: The Norwegian Air International (NAI) case will define President Obama’s aviation legacy.
ALPA congratulates U.S.-based cabin crew members for Norwegian Air’s operations on their recent vote in favor of union representation by the Norwegian Cabin Crew Association.
As the world’s largest airline pilot union, ALPA is celebrating 85 years of championing high labor standards for North American airline industry workers and fair competition in the international marketplace.
The U.S.-based Norwegian Air cabin crew serves in long-haul operations and work intercontinental flights between Europe and the United States, and Thailand. Norwegian Air currently serves U.S. destinations including Boston, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) recent decision to deny Norwegian Air UK’s (NAUK) foreign air carrier permit exemption was certainly a milestone in ALPA’s drive to ensure fair competition for U.S. airlines despite foreign airlines repeat attempts to use unfair business practices, but the fight is far from over.
The key to ALPA’s long-term success in defending a free marketplace? The extraordinary commitment of our members, airline passengers, and air cargo shippers to holding the U.S. government accountable for enforcing U.S. international agreements; and both NAUK and NAI, subsidiaries of Norwegian Air, conflict with U.S. agreements.
The facts are as follows: Norwegian Air already has authority to serve the United States. NAUK has not supplied adequate information to DOT about its employment plans so its potential effect on U.S. jobs cannot be evaluated. For these reasons, ALPA opposed NAUK’s application for a foreign air carrier exemption, which would allow it to fly while DOT considers its permit application, and we continue to oppose its application for a permit.
This week, ALPA submitted two filings with other unions to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that reveal still more evidence as to why the U.S. government should uphold its air service agreements and defend a fair marketplace by denying Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) and Norwegian Air UK’s (NAUK) applications to fly to and from the United States.