Thursday, 4 April 2019

Busy month for Norwegian

Photo Simon Wright
The low-cost airline, Norwegian has a busy March according to figures released by the airline voted the best long-haul low-cost-carrier in the world. Almost three million passengers flew with the airline last month, that is up around 5% over the same period last year!

The airline says that 2,961,840 passengers were carried during March, 145,676 more passengers than March 2017. The total traffic growth (RPK) increased by 9%, while the capacity growth (ASK) increased by 11%. 

The airlines' load factor was 85.4% slightly down from last year, as was revenue, but that could be to do with the fact that Easter was in March last year, so would have an effect on the monthly totals. Norwegian operated 97.4% of the scheduled flights during the month, even if the company’s Boeing 737 Max aircraft were taken out of operation. In March, 80.8 % of Norwegian’s flights departed on time.

“Despite the fact that our Boeing 737 MAX aircraft were taken out of production this month, the regularity is satisfactory, and the punctuality is up 8.5 percentage points. Our dedicated colleagues here at Norwegian have been working day and night to find solutions for our customers. Those affected by the changes have shown great understanding of a situation that is beyond Norwegian’s control and I would like to thank them for that,” said CEO of Norwegian, Bjørn Kjos.

“We have had some productive meetings with Boeing where we have discussed how we can manoeuver through the difficulties the MAX situation is causing Norwegian,” Kjos added.

Norwegian took delivery of one brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in March.

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