Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Norwegian saw passenger numbers rise in January............up 13 percent

The low-cost carrier making waves in the long haul market, Norwegian, reported its latest results for the first month of this year.  During January the airline carried more than 2.6 million passengers, that's an increase of 13 percent compared to the same month in 2017.

In total 2,638,958 passengers flew with Norwegian in January, 305,026 more passengers than the same period last year. The total traffic growth (RPK) increased by 18 percent and the capacity growth (ASK) increased by 27 percent. The load factor was 76.1 percent.

“We are very pleased with the continued passenger growth in January, a month traditionally characterised by less demand. Norwegian has been through a period with significant growth, but now the company will change its strategic focus from expansion and growth to profitability,” said CEO of Norwegian, Bjørn Kjos.

Norwegian operated 99.5 percent (up 0.6 percentage points) of the scheduled flights in January, whereof 79.8 percent (up 7.4 percentage points) departed on time.

Norwegian has been voted ‘Europe’s best low-cost carrier’ by passengers for six consecutive years at SkyTrax World Airline Awards from 2013-2018, along with being awarded the ‘World's best low-cost long-haul airline’ in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The airline recently confirmed the sale of two brand new Airbus aircraft as part of its new strategy of cutting costs and reducing the number of new aircraft arriving. The two Airbus aircraft are on lease to other carriers and therefore the sale will not affect Norwegian's own flight operations.