Airlines demand compensation for air traffic control delays

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Several airlines serving Norwegian airports are collectively demanding NOK 100 million in compensation from state aviation authority Avinor. They claim they lost heavily when they suffered delays and cancellations because of a lack of air traffic controllers on the job last summer.

Statistics from the European agency Eurocontrol showed that Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen had the most delays per flight of all airports in Europe in July. “Our members lost around NOK 100 million because of the air traffic control problems,” Thorbjørn Lothe of the nationwide organization representing airlines, NHO Luftfart, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

Dag Falk-Petersen, head of Avinor, said the aviation agency would study the claim and may pay out. “We will handle their application for compensation in a proper manner,” he told NRK. “They did not get a good enough product last summer.”

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