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Pillsbury Winthrop advises Norwegian on second DOT permit

News – 20 July 2017

The US Department of Transportation has provisionally granted Norwegian Air UK a foreign air carrier permit, after rejecting arguments raised by trade unions because they had been decided in a parallel application by the carrier’s Irish affiliate.


EasyJet confirms Austrian AOC application

News – 20 July 2017

European low-cost carriers EasyJet and Wizz Air this week confirmed contingency plans safeguarding their flying rights after Brexit, in case the UK is unable to agree an open skies deal with the European Union as part of its exit negotiations.


Economists back pro-competitive effects of international airline alliances

News – 20 July 2017

An economics professor at the University of California at Irvine told Compass Lexecon’s airline competition conference on 17 July that there is mixed evidence of any anticompetitive effect when foreign airlines form an alliance – and argued that those agreements benefit competition and consumers.


DOT defends Norwegian Air decision

News – 13 July 2017

The US Department of Transportation has asked a US appellate court to throw out a petition by labour groups calling for a review of the foreign air carrier permit granted to Norwegian Air International last year, on the basis that their legal challenge failed to show any actual harm.


Air cargo claimants and carriers fight over pre-2004 claims

News – 13 July 2017

Defence counsel for multiple airlines have argued that claimants should not be able to recover potential damages from air cargo flights between EU and non-EU states prior to 1 May 2004, because at that time EU competition law did not cover air transport.


Air Berlin cancellation fees are unfair, ECJ says

News – 13 July 2017

The European Court of Justice has ruled that EU carriers may not charge unfair fees to passengers who cancel or skip a flight, confirming that domestic consumer protection law overrides separate EU regulations governing airline pricing freedoms.


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