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Norwegian wins three awards at the Grand Travel Award

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Norwegian wins three awards at the Grand Travel Award

The Grand Travel Award was established in 1995 and holds an annual prize giving ceremony for the Norwegian travel trade. Votes are cast by employees throughout the travel and tourism industry. The award ceremony took place in Oslo on Thursday evening.

CEO Geir Karlsen awarded Leader of the Year.

After receiving his award for Leader of the Year, Norwegian’s CEO, Geir Karlsen said; "It is truly an honour to receive this award. I must, however, share this with all my colleagues in Norwegian. The strong unity across departments, nationalities and our bases is essential and the reason we can deliver a first-class product to our customers. Since this award is given by the travel and tourism industry it means a lot to me”.

Norwegian is the largest Norwegian airline, and one of Europe's leading low-cost carriers with over 4,000 employees. From its bases in Norway and other cities in Europe, the airline offers an extensive route network between the Nordic countries to destinations across the continent. According to the on-time performance review from Cirium for 2022, Norwegian was the most punctual airline in the Nordics and amongst the best in Europe.

Best Domestic Airline and the Best Airline in Europe

Speaking at the award ceremony, Norwegian’s Director of Corporate Sales, Ståle Zahl said; “A heartfelt thank you to everyone who voted for us. We are truly grateful for the recognition. This means that the customers who chose to fly with us and everyone working in the tourism industry appreciate our extensive route network, our affordable prices and, not least, our punctuality. Despite many challenges in 2022, we have proved to be amongst the best in class on punctuality, and we know this is very important for our customers”.

Grand Travel Award 2023
From left: Esben Tuman, Håvard Sveen, Guro Poulsen, Geir Karlsen, Lise Krydsby Finjarn, Cecilie Thorsen, Pål Andre Amundsen. In front: Ståle Zahl and Jonas van der Windt Sørensen.

In 2022 Norwegian celebrated its 20th anniversary and has carried over 300 million passengers. From day one, Norwegian’s goal has been to offer affordable flights to everyone and to give passengers more choice.

Norwegian is leading the way in environmental sustainability and aims to become the traveller’s sustainable choice by reducing and recycling plastic waste, promoting sustainable aviation fuel and aims to achieve a 45 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030, in line with the 1.5°C target set forth in the Paris Agreement.




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Norwegian was founded in 1993 but began operating as a low-cost carrier with Boeing 737 aircraft in 2002. Since then, our mission has been to offer affordable fares for all and to allow customers to travel the smart way by offering value and choice throughout their journey.

Norwegian has been voted Europe’s Best Low-Cost airline by Skytrax for six consecutive years and won Airline Program of the Year Europe & Africa at the Freddie Awards for four consecutive years. Since 2012, Norwegian has won over 55 awards for our service, product, and innovation in the industry.

We were the first airline in the world to join the UN Climate Secretariat’s climate action-initiative in 2019, pledging to work systematically to become carbon neutral by 2050.

Norwegian operates a short haul network across the Nordics and to key European destinations providing customers with excellent quality at affordable fares.