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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Statement on Norwegian Air’s Tentative Permit to Operate in the US

Apr 22, 2016
Press Release
Department of Transportation's decision could put US airlines at a competitive disadvantage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement in response to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) tentative decision to allow Norwegian Air International to operate flights to the United States.

“I am deeply disappointed by the Department of Transportation’s decision to grant Norwegian Air International a permit to fly to the United States, “ said Rep. Mark Pocan. “By establishing its base in Ireland while hiring pilots from Asia, Norwegian Air International has consistently violated labor and tax laws to make a profit. Over 200 Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have expressed opposition to this agreement along with a collation of European and U.S. airlines. I will continue to work with my colleagues so that American carriers are not undercut because of this flawed decision.”

 The Department of Transportation has opened a public comment period running until May 6th to hear objections and concerns.