Washington, D.C. (December 4, 2016)— The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) representing more than 30,000 professional passenger and all-cargo pilots, strongly opposes the U.S Department of Transportation’s (DOT) approval of Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) permit to operate in the United States under a “Flag-of-Convenience” scheme.

“CAPA is extremely disappointed with the DOT’s decision to grant a permit for NAI to serve the U.S.”, stated CAPA President Captain Mike Karn. “While President-elect Trump works to preserve U.S. jobs, our current DOT went in the opposite direction by making a bad decision on a bad deal. This poor policy decision opens the door for further abuses of trade agreements and undermines crucial labor protections,” he added.

The U.S. aviation industry provides the highest level of safety and security for passengers, and the DOT’s decision allows a foreign carrier to work around existing international aviation policies and law to gain economic advantages. “We encourage President-elect Trump to add the DOT’s decision to his list of bad deals needing corrections,” stated Capt. Karn. “CAPA will work with Congress and the new Administration to reverse this decision,” he added.

“Aviation is a crucial component of our economy,” Capt. Karn stated. “We must ensure that a level playing field is provided for U.S. carriers to compete globally, preserve hundreds of thousands of aviation jobs, and ensure that Open Skies and Trade agreements are not used to harm the U.S. aviation industry.” added Capt. Karn.

The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations is a trade association representing more than 30,000 professional passenger and all-cargo pilots at carriers including American Airlines, UPS, ABX Air, Horizon Airlines, Southern Air, Silver Airways, Allegian Air, Kalitta Air, Kalitta Charters II, Miami Air, Cape Air, Omni Air, Atlas Air, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America.