Southwest, NetJets pilots urge denial of NAI permit

More than 140 pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics of the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP) and Southwest Airlines Pilots´ Association (SWAPA) rallied in front of the White House to urge the Trump administration to reverse an Obama administration decision to grant a foreign air carrier permit to Norwegian Air International (NAI), according to the NetJets Association.

In late December, the DOT granted a foreign air carrier permit to NAI despite violating Article 17 bis of the US-EU Open Skies Agreement.

Union leaders agree the outpouring of member support for the rally demonstrates the grave nature of a very bad trade deal and its implications for professional aviators.

Located in Dallas, Texas, SWAPA is a non-profit employee organization representing the more than 8,500 pilots of Southwest Airlines. The association negotiates contracts, defends contractual rights, and actively promotes professionalism and safety.

Established in 2008 as an independent labor advocate, NJASAP represents the professional interests of the 2,700-plus pilots who fly in the service of NetJets Aviation, Inc.