06 October, 2020

Passenger numbers fall by 90% for Norwegian..........

Passenger numbers fell by 90% for the European budget airline Norwegian during the months of September the carrier revealed today with its latest traffic figures.

Of course, the airline has been hard hit by the coronavirus, the resulting downturn in business and the strict travel restriction and border closures.

The airline reports that during September it carried 319,370 people,  a decrease of 90 percent compared to the same period last year. The capacity (ASK) this month was down 93 percent, while the total passenger traffic (PRK) was 96 percent lower. The load factor was 52.8 percent, down 37 percentage points.

Jacob Schram, CEO of Norwegian, said: “In September several European countries were classified as ‘red’ by the authorities. We have seen that as soon as the authorities impose new travel restrictions demand is immediately impacted. We are continuously adapting our route network in line with changing demand, but the frequent changes in travel restrictions make forward planning difficult, both for us and our customers. Looking ahead, this continues to be a prolonged crisis that is far from over.”

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