Warnings against more airline aid

Norway’s competition authority is warning against more financial aid to the country’s three established airlines: SAS, Norwegian Air and Widerøe. The warning comes despite looming cutbacks at SAS and Norwegian and the risk of monopolies on some routes. The three established carriers have already received more than NOK 6 billion (around USD 700 million) in […]

Labour open to re-investing in SAS

The Norwegian government declined last year to take a new ownership stake in Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), but now a new Labour-led government is open to making a comeback. The goal, according to Labour’s spokesperson on transport issues, is to make sure the airline survives the Corona crisis. “I think the (recently defeated) government has been […]

Norwegian Air may cut winter flights

Long-troubled Norwegian Air reported another large operating loss this week but also a new plan aimed at keeping it from having to ask shareholders for even more capital. It may anger passengers holding reservations this winter. New CEO Geir Karlsen aims to head off more losses by cutting flights when demand is low. Staffing of […]

Departures delayed for new airline

Market uncertainty tied to Corona restrictions and government regulation have delayed the launch of new Oslo-based Norse Atlantic Airways. It aims to fill the void left by Norwegian Air’s grounded trans-Atlantic service, but now probably not until next year at the earliest. “I’m certain that the desire to travel is very strong,” Norse Atlantic founder […]

Emissions lower than initially calculated

Closed borders, empty airports and grounded flights during the Corona pandemic haven’t had a major effect on carbon emissions, according to the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), but emissions last year are lower than previously stated. That’s because of an error in calculating Norwegian carbon emissions. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) reported last […]

Government scolds Norwegian Air

NEWS ANALYSIS: Bad news keeps flying around Norwegian Air, just as it’s trying to get off the ground. Customers still awaiting refunds for cancelled flights last year are furious over large bonuses paid to top executives that were agreed even while the airline was still in bankruptcy proceedings. Now the airline can also avoid paying […]

Bonuses spoil the ‘New Norwegian Air’s’ take-off

NEWS ANALYSIS: Long-troubled Norwegian Air’s plans for a triumphant return to the skies landed in an embarrassing mess this week. Large bonuses secretly paid out last month to the airline’s two top executives have severely damaged their credibility and angered Norwegian’s new investors, its long-suffering employees and the politicians who helped rescue the airline that […]

More turbulence at Norwegian Air

Less than a month after emerging from bankruptcy and being cleared for a fresh take-off, the new board of long-struggling Norwegian Air decided to dump the airline’s chief executive, Jacob Schram, late Sunday night. On Monday morning Schram had already been replaced by his right-hand man, the airline’s finance director Geir Karlsen. It was the […]

WizzAir to stop flying within Norway

Low-fare airline Wizz Air has confirmed that it’s giving up its domestic routes in Norway from mid-June. Its attempt to offer cheap airfares by using low-paid non-unionized crews set off an uproar, and now Wizz Air admits that its plans were not “financially sustainable.” The airline faced regional boycotts and political opposition over its use […]

Airlines scolded over bonus programs

Norway’s Consumer Council (Forbrukerrådet) has called on airlines SAS and Norwegian Air to extend the expiration dates on points earned by customers through their frequent flyer bonus programs. The pandemic made it difficult if not impossible to use points that are soon set to expire. “Customers are in danger of losing a lot of value,” […]