Press release -
Norwegian Passenger Numbers Show Continued Increase As Demand Strengthens
Norwegian’s traffic figures for September show a continued increase in the number of passengers as demand strengthens across our network. Traditional booking patterns are beginning to return and we are seeing more people planning ahead and booking to travel to our popular city break and winter sun destinations.
“We are pleased to be able to report for the fifth consecutive month a continued positive increase in passenger numbers. Demand is steadily growing across all our markets and bookings to our key european destinations are showing that our customers are regaining confidence in the travel sector and are now planning their future journeys well in advance.” Said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.
In September, Norwegian carried 977 719 passengers, an increase of 206 per cent compared to the same period last year. Compared with September 2020, the total capacity (ASK) has increased by 154 per cent and passenger traffic (RPK) up 248 per cent. Load factor in September was 72.4 per cent, an increase of 20 percentage points compared with last year.
“More people are choosing to travel with Norwegian every month due to our focused route network, good value fares, modern fuel-efficient aircraft and our on board experience. We look forward to welcoming an increasing number of passengers over the coming months.” Continued Karlsen.
Norwegian continues to ramp up operations in line with demand and the company has now reopened bases in Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim. Norwegian operated an average of 46 aircraft in September, of which 92.1 per cent departed on time.
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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.