Norwegian looks to expand across South America

posted on 10th September 2018 by Justin Burns
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Norwegian is to launch its Norwegian Air Argentina subsidiary on 16 October and is also reportedly eyeing a new route to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil next year according to Flightglobal.

The airline will start domestic services in Argentina from Buenos Aires to Bariloche, Cordoba, Iguazu, Mendoza, Neuquen and Salta with Boeing 737-800s and is also targeting further growth in the continent.

Norwegian is also planning on basing some of its Airbus A321LRs, which begin arriving in late 2019, in Argentina to serve international routes.

Meanwhile, Flightglobal says Norwegian is planning on connecting Rio with London Gatwick Airport with a Boeing 787 from Spring 2019 and reports the carrier is also looking at connecting some of its long-haul bases in Southern Europe like Barcelona and Madrid, to South America.

Last week, Norwegian reported strong passenger growth as it carried more than 3.6 million passengers in August – 10 per cent more than the same month last year.

The load factor was approximately 90 per cent on the entire route network and 94 per cent on the company’s long-haul routes, operated by Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Total traffic growth (RPK) increased by 31 per cent this month, driven by a 33 per cent capacity growth (ASK).

Norwegian chief executive officer, Bjørn Kjos said: “I’d particularly like to point out our long-haul routes where the demand is high and continues to increase, not least between London and the US and Paris and the US.

“We also see that more passengers from other continents connect to other destinations in Norwegian’s route network, which underlines the importance of a strong and seamless operation across the airline.”

“I am also pleased to see that despite a high increase in available seats, we are filling the planes. Our capacity growth is still high, but in line with our strategy, the growth will slow down compared to previous months,” added Kjos.