ORLANDO, Fla. - A new airline, Norwegian Air, is now up and running at Orlando International Airport.
The airline specializes in low fares and is running two flights a week between Oslo, Norway and Orlando.
On Tuesday, airlines representatives, along with Mayor Buddy Dyer, met at the Citrus Club for the official announcement.
The airline offers nonstop service with one-way fares starting at $236. Those cheap fares will get travelers access to over 94 connections in Europe and Thailand.
But the deal has been met with controversy by airline unions and congressional action because they believe the airline is cheating the system.
The Air Line Pilots Association says Norwegian Air is hiring Thai workers who are cheaper than what American companies can offer, offering unfair competition.
But Dyer disagrees.
"I think it's a good day for Orlando," says Dyer. "The issues that the pilots union raise have really been an international FAA issue, but getting more direct flights into Orlando is important for our tourism community."
The deal could bring more than $32 million a year to the local economy, while expanding Norwegian Airlines' global footprint.
"We are doing everything by the book and we haven't done anything wrong," says Lars Sande, who is senior vice president of sales for Norwegian Air.
Sande says they have 300 crew members, most of whom will be living in the U.S., and says the criticism about low wages isn't true.
"Its a lot of tourism from Europe over here so its a natural place for the us to go to Florida and especially Orlando," Sande said.
The airline is first to bring the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to OIA for regular service. Sande says since flights started in late May all of them have been 90 percent full.
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