Saturday, 5 December 2020

In November, just 124,481 people flew with Norwegian......

The troubled airline Norwegian has seen more declines in passenger numbers for November, as the carrier struggles to make headway.  The carrier says just 124,481 people flew with them during the month, which is a decrease of 95 percent compared to the same period last year.  The airlines flights were less than half full,  just 44.4 percent average load factor for the month, down 39 percentage points.

It is undeniable that the traffic figures for November have been heavily influenced by lower demand caused by continued travel restrictions across Europe. Yet, equally, the news that the Norwegian Government has halted any future payments to the airline, despite previously agreeing on a complete rescue package, couldn't have helped the situation. 

Jacob Schram, CEO of Norwegian, said: “The pandemic continues to have a negative impact on our business as travel restrictions remain. The development of vaccines is great news for the airline industry, and we look forward to welcoming more customers on board as travel restrictions are lifted. Our goal is to be a financially strong and competitive airline, with a new financial structure, a rightsized fleet and improved customer offering.”

“Our summer program is now out for sale and the bookings are increasing. We can see that people are slowly beginning to plan for their summer holidays. It is also worth noting that we have added 62 departures this Christmas and that bookings look promising. Now, we look forward to flying our customers home for Christmas,” Schram said.

The company operated 72.7 percent of its scheduled flights in November, whereof 94.8 percent departed on time.

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