Airlines demand compensation for ATC delays

Airlines operating out of Norwegian airports have submitted a bill demanding NOK 100 million ($17.3 million) in compensation from air services navigation provider Avinor.

The operators claim they lost money when they suffered delays and cancellations because of a lack of air traffic controllers last summer.

Statistics from the European agency Eurocontrol showed that Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen had the most delays per flight of all airports in Europe in July.

“Our members lost around NOK 100 million because of the air traffic control problems,” Thorbjørn Lothe of the Norwegian airline industry body, NHO Luftfart, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

Dag Falk-Petersen, head of Avinor, said the aviation agency would study the claim. “We will handle their application for compensation in a proper manner,” he told NRK. “They did not get a good enough product last summer.”

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