Wizz crews flew in with Corona

Health Minister Bent Høie is reevaluating Corona virus containment measures after several members of foreign airline crews for Hungarian airline Wizz Air tested positive after landing in Oslo. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that five Wizz crew members were put in isolation at a hotel near Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen. Wizz Air has stirred […]

No bailout for Norwegian Air

Norwegian Air was back on the brink of bankruptcy Monday after the Norwegian government refused the ailing airline’s latest demand for financial aid. The risk of losing billions of taxpayers’ money by providing liquidity specifically to Norwegian was deemed as just too high this time, since the airline already has NOK 40 billion in debt. […]

Pilots’ group mounts Wizz Air protest

Members of one of Norway’s pilots organizations demonstrated in Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim and Bodø on Thursday against the new take-offs and arrivals of Hungarian airline Wizz Air. It was launching new domestic routes as it both entered and challenged the market with extremely low fares. “They have hindered employees from organizing (in labour unions),” […]

Cheap tickets get Norway flying again

Low-fare carrier Wizz Air is launching new airline routes within Norway this week, prompting rivals to also sell tickets that can cost less than a bus ride in the Oslo area. A professor at the Norwegian business school NHH notes that low fares can always win over Corona fears and Wizz Air’s controversial aversion to […]

Wizz Air defies a threatened boycott

Low-fare carrier Wizz Air announced on Thursday that it’s opening a new base in the central Norwegian city of Trondheim, defying an expanding boycott against it. The airline is also doubling its planned number of domestic routes in Norway, before even getting off the ground. Wizz founder and CEO József Váradi conceded that his airline […]

New airline still faces a boycott

Low-fare carrier Wizz Air has backed away from some of its harsh criticism of trade unions and promised to follow labour regulations in Norway, after facing boycott threats that even Prime Minister Erna Solberg of the Conservative Party supports. Wizz Air’s founder and chief exeutive had claimed Wizz “is an airline without labour unions,” and […]

Airlines brace for Wizz competition

Both Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Air claim they’re not being scared off by new looming competition from Hungarian carrier Wizz Air, even in the midst of the Corona crisis. Norwegian was quick to match at least some of Wizz’s introductory fares in November, but those offered in the meantime remained much higher at both Norwegian […]

New airlines ready for takeoff

The heir to one of Norway’s former major airlines is planning to launch an entirely new airline to compete head-on with Norwegian Air and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) when Norwegians start flying again. Meanwhile, another low-fare carrier plans major expansion in Norway, on domestic routes. Aviation veteran and investor Erik G Braathen, backed by a team […]

Hundreds of pilots lose their jobs

The Norwegian government has agreed to literally buy more routes from airlines serving Norway, to guarantee flights between key cities for another three months. That didn’t prevent Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) from terminating several hundred pilots, and the airlines’ employers organization claims more emergency state aid is needed. A minimum level of airline service in Norway […]

Airlines demand more crisis aid

Norwegian Air, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norway’s short-haul airline Widerøe are all asking the Norwegian government to cover lost revenues for both this year and next year. Loan guarantees aren’t enough, they claim, to bail them out of the Corona virus crisis. “With such a bad summer as we’ve had this year, we don’t have […]