Press release -
Norwegian reports improved unit revenue and higher load factor in June
Norwegian carried almost 3.5 million passengers in June. The company’s unit revenue improved by 10 percent compared to the same month previous year.
A total of3,475,337passengers chose to fly with Norwegian in June; 21,948 less than the same month previous year. The total traffic (RPK) increased by seven percent, and the capacity growth (ASK) was five percent. The load factor was 91.5 percent, up one percentage point.
“The total number of passengers declined slightly in June, due to the grounding of 18 Boeing 737 MAX and less charter capacity. At the same time the number of long-haul passengers increased considerably. After taking delivery of one Dreamliner in June, we now have a long-haul fleet consisting of 36 new, more fuel-efficient aircraft. Following a period of significant expansion and investments, I’m pleased to see that the June figures show 10 percent higher unit revenue and that our growth is slowing down, in line with our strategy of moving from growth to profitability,” says CEO of Norwegian Bjørn Kjos.
Norwegian operated 99.4 percent of the scheduled flights in June, whereof 70,9 percent departed on time (unchanged compared to the same month previous year).The company’s on-time performance was impacted negatively by the grounding of 18 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, consequently leading to more wetlease aircraft than normal.
The company took delivery of one Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in June.
Please find more information in the attached traffic report.
Norwegian in the UK and Ireland:
- Norwegian carries almost 6 million UK passengers each year from London Gatwick, Edinburgh and Manchester Airports to 30 destinations worldwide
- Norwegian is the third largest airline at London Gatwick, with 4.6 million yearly passengers, and with more than 1,000 UK-based pilots and cabin crew
- In 2014, Norwegian introduced the UK’s first low-cost, long haul flights to the U.S. - the airline now flies to 12 U.S destinations, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro from London Gatwick
- In 2017, Norwegian also launched affordable transatlantic flights from Dublin, Cork and Shannon to the US East Coast, using the brand new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft
- Norwegian is the only airline to offer free inflight WiFi on UK flights to more than 30 European destinations
- The airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world with an average age of 3.8 years, including next-generation Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 737 MAX and Boeing 737-800s
- Norwegian has been voted ‘Europe’s best low-cost carrier’ by passengers for six consecutive years at SkyTrax World Airline Awards from 2013-2018, along with being awarded the ‘World's best low-cost long-haul airline’ in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
- Norwegian Reward is the airline's free to join award-winning loyalty programme offering members CashPoints and Rewards that reduce the cost of Norwegian flights