Russia refused Norwegian Group a permit to operate services in Russian airspace (takeoff.dk/Dagens Naeringsliv, 10-Nov-2017). Norwegian communications manager Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen stated: "We are disappointed that Norwegian authorities have not done more to ensure that a Norwegian company has the same rights as a Swedish to fly the fastest way to China, South Korea and Japan". Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos, speaking on CAPA TV in Oct-2017, confirmed the airline is interested in expanding its network to eastern markets but cannot do so without overflying permits from Russia.
Norwegian Group refused permit to overfly Russia to eastern markets
12 November, 2017