Widerøe threatens route cancellations

The Norwegian airline serving small airports around the country claims that a new airline passenger tax can result in major cuts in service to outlying areas. It’s threatening that routes in Finnmark and along the West Coast can be especially affected. The government’s recently proposed state budget includes new methods of calculating the tax that’s […]

Gatwick contradicts Norwegian Air

Officials at London Gatwick airport in the UK have told an Oslo newspaper that they never closed the airport during bad weather on August 10. Norwegian Air has claimed several times that closure of the airport is what led to serious delays that left passengers stuck on a Norwegian jet for 10 hours that day. […]

Norwegian Air finally apologizes

Norwegian Air initially rejected all complaints from passengers who were held on board an Oslo-bound aircraft for 10 hours last month at London Gatwick Airport. Airline officials have now apologized, admitted they did not handle the situation well and offered compensation, but passengers are far satisfied. Newspaper Aftenposten reported on Thursday that 72 passengers are […]

Ministry urges all travelers to register

Norway’s foreign ministry wants to know where Norwegians are when disaster hits. It’s now urging all Norwegian citizens to register their travel with the ministry, claiming that will make it much easier for them to be contacted and receive Norwegian consular help and advisories if needed. “In the event something serious happens in the country […]

SAS admits it sold too many seats

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has carried out the same over-sell tactics that got its arch rival Norwegian Air in big trouble last summer: selling more seats on more flights than the airline had crews to operate. SAS director Lars Sandahl Sørensen admitted on Friday that the airline was “too ambitious” when it planned its summer route […]

Takeover could cut Norwegian’s routes

Concerns are rising in Norway that an acquisition of Norwegian Air by a foreign carrier could cut its routes within Norway. Better quarterly results than expected, meanwhile, have failed to satisfy the airline’s founder and boss Bjørn Kjos. “We’re going the right way,” Kjos told news bureau NTB after releasing pre-tax profits of nearly NOK […]

Government sells off its stake in SAS

UPDATED: The Norwegian government sold off its remaining 9.88 percent stake in Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) during an auction process Wednesday morning. Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, the government minister in charge of business and trade, said the decisision to sell was based on “major changes” in an airline industry that’s now based on business and market forces […]

Strikes may hit airports

Mediation was beginning this week in an effort to ward off strikes by labour organizations representing emergency crews and technicians at Norwegian airports. The workers haven’t been willing to go along with demands for changes in pension plans. In the event of a strike by emergency crews, Stavanger’s airport (Lufthavn Sola) will likely close since […]

Norwegian takeover can threaten SAS

Norwegian Air founder and CEO Bjørn Kjos remains keen to hang on to the airline he’s nurtured over the past 15 years. A possible takeover by Lufthansa, however, would likely hurt Norwegian Air’s main rival, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), while also creating a new giant low-fare carrier in Europe. Shares in Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) remained […]

Now Lufthansa is eyeing Norwegian

UPDATED: Stock in Oslo-based Norwegian Air was taking off once again on Monday, after Lufthansa said it was evaluating a possible takeover of Norwegian Air. Norwegian Air’s founder and boss Bjørn Kjos confirmed he’s had direct contact with his counterpart at Lufthansa over “interest” that can pit the giant German carrier against the Spanish and […]