Lipinski Reacts to USDOT Approval of Norwegian Air Scheme That Will Destroy American Jobs (December 5, 2016)

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approved Norwegian Air International's (NAI) petition to operate long-haul flights to the U.S.:

“The DOT’s decision puts domestic airlines at a competitive disadvantage and threatens the livelihoods of thousands of American workers.  NAI’s flag-of-convenience business model undermines international labor standards and fair competition.  Despite the Norwegian name, NAI seeks to operate aircraft registered in Ireland by crews working under Singaporean employment contracts.

“Since 2014, I have been working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to oppose NAI’s petition.  This approval is not in the public’s best interest and could result in serious consequences for the American airline industry and its employees.  I strongly urge President-elect Trump to stand with the hard-working men and women that are the foundation of American aviation and reopen the DOT’s decision as one of his first actions in office.”

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