Norse from Arendal received political criticism in the USA

FLIGHT MANAGER: Bjørn Tore Larsen is CEO of the new airline Norse Atlantic with headquarters in Arendal. Photo: Norse Atlantic Airlines

Two members of Congress called Norse Atlantic in Arendal an “unfair player” in a letter to a letter to the US Department of Transportation for fear of a new Norwegian situation.

Frank Johannessen

Published: 03.04.2021 09:49

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When Norwegian was to start transatlantic flights in its time, they established themselves in Ireland and could use the agreement on open air between the EU and the USA. But they received strong criticism for hiring cheap, foreign labor and not giving Norwegian rights to the employees.

Managing Director Bjørn Tore Larsen in Norse Atlantic, believes the two members of Congress come with false accusations.

– We encourage people to stick to the facts and not listen to false accusations. Our door is open and our operations in the future will provide American jobs and offer Americans affordable flights to Europe, says Larsen to

The two politicians thought Norse would not provide jobs in America and would deny Norse the operator’s license.

Norse Atlantic says they will operate under a Norwegian license and hire more Americans as permanent cabin crew and pilots.

OSM Aviation, which is a co-owner of the company, will be responsible for staffing.

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