Rep. Paul Cook Criticizes Department of Transportation Ruling on Norwegian Airlines
WASHINGTON- Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) issued the following statement on last week’s ruling by the Department of Transportation allowing tentative approval of Norwegian Air International's (NAI) flag-of-convenience scheme that would allow it to operate in the United States:
“I’m disappointed by the DOT decision granting permit approval for Norwegian Air. The decision is at odds with the intent of the US-EU Air Transport Agreement (ATA) and the will of Congress. It could have disastrous consequences for the US airline industry, potentially putting tens of thousands of US jobs at risk. I’ll continue to stand with our US airlines to fight for fair and open competition in the airline industry.”
A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.