Friday, 8 January 2021

Norwegian could only fly 9 aircraft in December.......only 88.5% of those flights went on time.

The troubled European airline Norwegian operated a limited domestic schedule during December on just nine aircraft which carried under 130,000 passengers. 

These were disappointing results especially considering it included the peak Christmas holiday period where travel increases dramatically. The average load factor on those few flights going was down 31% on last years figures to just over half - 52.3%.   Equally disappointing is that even with so few flights operating (down 95.6%) it could only get 88.5% of those departing on time.

Jacob Schram, CEO of Norwegian, said: "The pandemic continues to have a negative impact on our business as it has had since March 2020. At the beginning of last year, Norwegian was headed for a positive result in 2020, instead 2020 has been a very challenging year and we now find ourselves fighting for survival. Despite low demand in December, Christmas bookings were positive, and we have succeeded in adapting our operations to the current situation. Our goal is to be a financially strong and competitive airline, with a new financial structure, a rightsized fleet and improved customer offering."

Schram also said the airline was thankful for the support of staff and passengers during the last year and promised the airline would "be ready to meet the competition for customers after the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 has been a tough year, but we will continue to fight and come out of this crisis as a stronger Norwegian"

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