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Norwegian Reports Strong Passenger Growth and High Load in June

Press release   •   Jul 04, 2013 07:00 BST

Norwegian’s (NAS) passenger growth continued in June. Over 1.9 million passengers flew with Norwegian, up 21 percent compared with the same month last year. The company continues to grow and increase its capacity in new markets. The high load factor confirms that new capacity is also filling up well.

During June this year, Norwegian flew 1,911,841 passengers, an increase of 328,106 passengers and up 21 percent compared to the same month previous year. This is the highest number of passengers the company has carried in one single month. Norwegian’s seat capacity (ASK) was up 31 percent and the passenger traffic (RPK) was up 35 percent. The load factor was 79.6 percent, up 2.7 percent from the same month last year.

Growth in all markets
June’s traffic figures are, like previous months, influenced by strong capacity growth and longer distances flown.

“I am pleased that so many choose to fly with us and that more seats are filled per flight, even with a strong capacity growth. Reasonable fares to customers generate more demand. Although revenue per seat kilometre is affected, it must be seen in conjunction with significantly longer distances flown which also affects unit cost,” said Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos.

Norwegian operated 99.6 of its scheduled flights in June, whereof 85.9 percent departed on time measured by normal industry standards, i.e. departure punctuality within 15 minutes. The figures for June are significantly affected by various strikes in Europe.

Please find more detailed figures in the pdf attached.

Media Contacts: SVP Corporate Communications Anne-Sissel Skånvik, tel: + 47 97 55 43 44
CFO Frode Foss, tel: +47 91 63 16 45

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, commercially branded “Norwegian”, is a low-cost airline listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Norwegian is the second largest airline in Scandinavia and third largest low cost carrier in Europe. Close to 18 million passengers chose to fly on its network in 2012. Norwegian has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the US and Southeast Asia. The company has a total of 382 routes to 121 destinations on sale and employs approximately 3,000 people in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, UK, Spain and Thailand. The company has 275 undelivered aircraft on firm order. Norwegian was founded in 1993 and its headquarter is in Fornebu, Norway. In June 2013, Norwegian was voted Europe’s best low-cost carrier of the year by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards. Norwegian offers better leg room than most competitors, in-flight WiFi, world-class punctuality and a fleet of 75 aircraft with an average age of only 4.6 years.