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Norwegian Air forges new agreement with pilots

After eight hours of negotiations on Wednesday, the airline management and Norwegian Pilots Union have reached a consensus

Norwegian’s Thomas Hesthammer agrees to increase pilot numbers (photo: iStock)
July 7th, 2016 10:32 am| by Anna Clarke

The airline Norwegian Air has signed an agreement promising the hiring of more staff in wake of last weekend’s flight cancellations.

In a bid to solve staff shortages and minimise any future holiday horrors during peak season – 30 flights were halted last week due to a lack of aircraft and crews – the airline has agreed to increase its number of employees.

“We have agreed to increase the staffing throughout the year,” Norwegian’s flight operations director, Thomas Hesthammer, told the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.

50 new pilots
Hesthammer remained reticent about stating an exact number of new hires.

However, according to Halvor Vatnar, the leader of the Norwegian Pilots Union, the airline will look to employ 50 new pilots.

“I am very pleased that we have agreed to hire more pilots,” said Vatnar.