U.S. Department of Transportation to terminate certain wet-lease arrangements with EU carriers

© Reinout Broersma

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will terminate the effectiveness of certain wet-lease statements that are held by various foreign air carriers of the European Union (EU), Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland (collectively, the affected carriers) that permit them to engage as wet-lessors in lease operations to other affected carriers.

The order also tentatively sets forth the position of the Department regarding the effectiveness of current statements of authorization as well as future applicable wet-lease operations between affected carriers.

As described here, we propose to take these actions due to the longstanding competitive disadvantage U.S. carriers have faced vis-à-vis the affected carriers as a result of the time constraints U.S. carriers are subjected to by EU Regulation (EC) No. 1008/2008 (EC 1008/2008), and the unsuccessful effort of the EU to satisfactorily resolve this matter over an unreasonably excessive period of time, despite its repeated commitment to do so,” the DOT wrote in a document.

List of affected authorizations

Wet Lessee      Wet Lessor Initial Grant Status
Cargolux Airlines Cargolux Italia 10/3/2012 On APA
ASL Airlines Ireland Aer Lingus 12/18/2013 On APA
Tyrolean Airways Austrian Airlines 7/29/2014 On APA17
Lufthansa Cityline Lufthansa 9/25/2015 On APA
Sun Express Deutschland Eurowings 3/27/2016 On APA
White Airways TAP Portugal 9/9/2010 Indefinite
Portugalia TAP Portugal 8/11/2008 Indefinite
Privilege Style Air Europa 3/30/2013 Indefinite


Read more: regulations.gov


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