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Rep. Chu Statement on DOT Norwegian Air Decision

April 15, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released a tentative decision allowing Norwegian Air International (NAI) to increase flights in the United States. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:

“I am disappointed that the Department of Transportation made the tentative decision to allow Norwegian Air International to receive a foreign air carrier permit. This airline has sought to take advantage of lenient foreign laws in order to lower prices. Letting them increase flights in the U.S. would put our nation's airlines at an economic disadvantage, jeopardizing worker’s rights, and potentially costing American jobs. That is why I have opposed this deal in the past and will continue to pressure the DOT to reverse this tentative decision.”

In November of 2014, Rep. Chu was one of 188 Members of Congress who signed a letter urging the Department of Transportation to reject the bid by Norwegian Airlines to increase transatlantic flight services.