SAS, other airlines, lift US travel ban

After several days of confusion and chaos, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) was among airlines notified by the industry organization IATA during the weekend that US President Donald Trump’s controversial ban on entry for citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries had been lifted. After a US federal judge issued a temporary restraining order against it, on the grounds it […]

Strike averted among airport ground crews

Late-night negotiating during the weekend averted a strike by airline ground crews at four Norwegian airports. Flights were thus taking off as scheduled on Sunday, and both airlines and passengers were relieved. “It was tough but we had a good tone throughout it all,” negotiations chief Bente Ørberg of the workers’ union Junit told news bureau […]

Strike can disrupt airline traffic

A new labour conflict in Norway may disrupt airline traffic and thousands of passengers late next week. The conflict involves ground crews for Widerøe, SAS and Norwegian Air represented by labour union Junit, which is at odds with employers’ organization NHO Luftfart on a new collective bargaining contract. Both sides have been called in to the […]

Widerøe orders new jets

Norway’s domestic, short-haul airline Widerøe has graduated from propeller planes to its first new jets, ordering three Embraer E190 E2 aircraft with an option for 12 more. The new jets can carry 114 passengers and are a step up from the Bombardier Dash 8 turboprop aircraft now in Widerøe’s fleet. The Dash 8s will still be […]

Technical trouble rams Norwegian Air at OSL

Problems with Norwegian Air’s automated check-in machines at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen were causing long lines and lengthy delays for passengers on Thursday morning. Everyone checking bags had to do it manually, and wait in line for up to an hour. “There are considerable queues when many passenger have to check in manually,” airport […]

Norwegian Air still faces a battle in US

Members of the US Congress on both sides of the aisle are not quietly accepting a US Department of Transportation (DOT) decision that finally grants traffic rights to Oslo-based Norwegian Air’s Irish subsidiary. Opponents claim Norwegian’s expansion in the US market will cost American and European jobs, while Norwegian Air claims it will create more of them. “This is a […]

Airline offers flights to Northern Lights

Norwegian airline Widerøe’s trademark green aircraft are nearly the same colour at their latest unusual tourist destination: the Northern Lights. Flights to see the Northern Lights, from high above any clouds that can impede viewing from the ground, are the latest in a string of efforts to generate growth for the venerable airline and help it stay competitive. […]

Swedes plan more Oslo train routes

SJ, Sweden’s state-owned railway, plans to nearly double its number of trains currently running between Stockholm and Oslo. The goal, backed by strong demand, is to attract more passengers who would otherwise fly between the two Scandinavian capitals. It couldn’t hurt that popular Norwegian singer Lars Lillo-Stenberg, back performing after suffering a heart attack early last summer, […]

Rygge airport quiet after last take-off

Moss Lufthavn Rygge sent off its last commercial flight Saturday night and the airport is now officially closed after great turbulence during the past year. As employees and airport officials gathered to mourn the loss of their workplace, others are still working to re-launch civilian aviation operations against heavy odds. The last flight from Rygge, a […]

Norway and Sweden cut stakes in SAS

The Norwegian and Swedish governments announced the sale on Thursday of a total of 23 million shares in Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), reducing their ownership stakes to a point where SAS no longer can be considered state-owned. Denmark, however, hasn’t cut its stake. The sales cut Norway’s stake in SAS to 11.5 percent, from 14.2 percent, […]