ATW - A procedural ruling by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has revealed that Norwegian Air has applied to serve Canada starting this summer.
The CTA ruling, published March 5, gives Norwegian the green light to sell tickets flights to and from Canada before receiving all necessary Canadian government approvals.
"The applicant has applied for a scheduled international license to operate a service between member states of the European Community and Canada," CTA explained, adding that Norwegian "intends to commence commercial activities" in Canada on July 23.
"However, as the application is not yet complete, an exemption" from the CTA requirement, known as Section 59, to have approvals in hand before tickets can be sold is needed. "The applicant states that the exemption from the application of section 59 is sought to permit the launch of this new low-cost long haul service from Europe to North America," according to CTA.
CTA, noting that Transport Canada "advises" that Norwegian will be granted approvals "in time for the proposed start-up date," approved Norwegian's request.
Norwegian has not announced plans to serve Canada. Its most recent investor briefing emphasized growing long-haul traffic "between Europe and the rest of the world" while "exploiting new and under-served markets." In North America, the briefing lists "large cities in the US and Europe" as its core widebody long-haul focus, with "mid-sized" US and European cities as "core/growth" markets served by narrowbodies.