Wizz Air Can’t Fly to the US
Wizz Air has been denied a foreign air carrier permit by the DOT (The US Department of Transportation) to fly to the United States.
Wizz Air had applied for the permit earlier this year with the intention of launching cargo services over the Atlantic course with a high possibility of bringing the passenger segment in due time. Still, it seems like this isn’t happening for the time being.
“The Department seeks a safety recommendation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as part of our adjudication of foreign air carrier applications for initial exemption and/or permit authority. In this case, the FAA has advised us that it cannot make a determination as to whether the safety oversight of Wizz Air Hungary is sufficient to support the award of economic authority to the applicant,” the regulator said.
The DOT said it would seek further information from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Hungarian civil aviation authority (Polgári Légiközlekedési Hatóság – PLH). Hungary has not been audited by the FAA and does not have an International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) category assigned.