Thousands of new U.S. jobs, more competition and lower fares - Norwegian outlines the facts about its Irish operation Norwegian - 2016-04-22 10:04 BST The United States Department of Transportation (DoT) issuing an order proposing to grant a foreign carrier permit to Norwegian Air International (NAI)has been widely welcomed by airports, tourism and passenger groups, senior politicians and industry bodies on both sides of the Atlantic. At the same time, well-known and false allegations from opponents have resurfaced. This document addresses some of these allegations. Since launching transatlantic flights in 2013, Norwegian has enabled 2.2 million passengers access to more affordable travel between the U.S. and Europe. These flights have also helped create hundreds of new jobs in the air as well as more than 17,000* on the ground in the travel and tourism-related industries. Norwegian already now employs more U.S.-based crew than any other foreign airline, all of whom are employed under U.S. law. In addition, Norwegian’s order of Boeing aircraft valued at $18.5 and Pratt & Whitney engines for its Airbus aircraft is helping to create and support up to 100,000 jobs**. A final approval for NAI’s foreign carrier permit would allow Norwegian Group to continue expanding its U.S. operations, which would result in the creation of thousands of additional jobs, significant economic benefits in the U.S. and Europe, and also allow passengers on both sides of the Atlantic to continue accessing affordable fares. Despite these very clear benefits, there are labour unions, airlines and politicians that continue to do everything they can to block the competition, which prevents the American people from being able to access affordable airfares and job opportunities. In many cases, these groups are simply repeating misleading allegations that have been disproved and dismissed several times for more than two years. These allegations also ignore the DOT’s initial order from last week that states: NAI “appears to meet the DOT’s normal standards for award of a permit and that there appears to be no legal basis to deny NAI’s application”.