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OSLONorway will extend the duration of pandemic-related loan guarantees given to airlines, the government said today, but did not make additional funds available to crisis-hit Norwegian Air.

The revised plan will give airlines up to three years to repay loans guaranteed by the government, an increase from two years originally, the Industry Ministry and the Ministry of Transportation said in a joint statement.

“The crisis among airlines is more long-lasting and serious than expected and it is necessary to give further assistance to the industry,” the ministries said.

Norwegian Air, which last week sought court-administered bankruptcy protection as the carrier seeks to stave off collapse, has already received a maximum of three billion crowns (RM1.4 billion) allotment under the plan.

The government on November 9 rejected the Norwegian’s plea for an additional injection of cash.

Nordic carrier SAS, which has not yet sought loan guarantees under Norway’s plan, can apply at any time before June 30 next year, the government said. The original deadline was end-2020.#
Via (Reuters)

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