Norwegian Air ‘wanted a strike’

Norway's low-fare carrier Norwegian has been experiencing much darker days this year, and now faces a pilots' strike on Monday. PHOTO: Norwegian

More delays and cancellations of Norwegian Air flights were expected on Monday as a pilots’ strike started to disrupt operations. The airline’s management, meanwhile, is being accused of wanting a conflict, in order to file bankruptcy for the subsidiary where the pilots are formally employed and then lay off at least 200 of them. The labour conflict at Norwegian […]

Norwegian pilots go out on strike

If Norwegian Air doesn't get the regulatory allowance it needs to have lower-paid foreign crews on board its long-haul flights, CEO Kjos has said the airline can re-register its aircraft in countries that would allow it. He can "flag out" his fleet just like Norwegian shipowners did decades ago. PHOTO: Norwegian/Hans Olav Nygård

UPDATED: State mediation between Norwegian Air management and the airline’s Scandinavian pilots broke down late Friday night, leading to a strike from Saturday morning. Management claimed they would keep flights running with pilots hired in from other airline subsidiaries, but the union claimed that would amount to strike-busting. By Sunday morning, there was a rise in […]

Hytte sales climb in the mountains

Lots of snow and Norwegians off on winter holidays with their solid bank accounts have led to a jump in sales of mountain holiday homes known as hytter this month. Brokers report that sales are especially strong for cabins costing around NOK 3 million (USD 400,000). “There’s good puls all over the mountains, and with lots of […]

Yara chiefs kept still over signs of bribes

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Official claims of “zero tolerance” for corruption at Oslo-based Yara International were called into question this week, when the company’s former top leaders were grilled in court over their failure to respond to bribery suspicions. Both Øivind Lund, chairman of Yara during the entire period when the alleged bribery occurred, and Jørgen Ole Haslestad, who was fired last year as […]

Airline braced for strike turbulence

Norwegian Air has had a difficult launch of its new intercontinental flights. PHOTO: Norwegian Air

Mediation between Norwegian Air’s management and around 700 of the airline’s Scandinavian pilots was described as “difficult” as a strike loomed from Saturday morning. Passengers on flights originating from Norway would be hit hardest, although the airline claimed its goal was avoid severe disruption. “We’ve gone into the mediation with a positive approach and a desire […]

Pareto Securities cuts staff

Several employees of Oslo-based Pareto Securities have had to leave the company in recent weeks, while bonuses paid out to Pareto partners are being cut. The reason, reports newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN), is the recent fall in oil prices. Pareto has specialized in arranging capital and offering financial services to companies in the the oil and offshore sector. […]

No new Michelin stars in Norway

Four Norwegian restaurants retained their Michelin stars when a new edition of the French guidebook was unveiled amidst traditional hyperbole on Thursday. All of them are in Oslo, none received any new stars and no new stars were awarded to any other restaurants either. One high-profile Norwegian chef, Eyvind Hellstrøm, was also disappointed with a new Nordic […]

Norwegian pilots: ‘Enough’s enough’

Negotiations froze between management and pilots at Norwegian Air thisi winter, leading to the mediation now aimed at averting a strike this weekend. PHOTO: Oslo Lufthavn AS /Espen Solli

Mediation was getting underway on Thursday between Norwegian Air and around 700 of its Scandinavian pilots who claim their willingness to go out on strike this weekend is high. The airline’s management is demanding cuts in their pensions, pay and insurance benefits after losses tied to Norwegian’s intercontinental expansion. Members of the Norwegian Pilot Union who are […]

Airlines lose on airport prosperity

As Norway’s two largest airlines struggle to generate profits, the airports and businesses that serve airlines are earning more money than ever before. Record numbers of passengers are spending record sums at the airports, just not on their actual flights. “It’s a great paradox that it’s mostly only those who live off the passenger volumes […]

State won’t shut Arctic coal mines

Coal mining has been carried out on Svalbard for more than 100 years, and politicians are having trouble coming up with alternatives to maintain jobs and keep Svalbard populated. PHOTO: Store Norske

Despite stated concern for the climate and the need to cut carbon emissions, Norwegian politicians look unlikely to shut the country’s controversial coal mines in the Arctic. Now they claim the state-owned mines on Svalbard are of increased strategic importance given heightened tensions with Russia. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported this week that the Labour Party, the […]