Norwegian carried more than three million passengers in April – an increase of 16 per cent compared to the same month in the previous year.
The carrier, which IAG is trying to buy, said as expected, the figures were affected by Easter which was in March in addition to the launch of new long-haul routes.
A total of 3,049,249 passengers chose to fly with Norwegian in April; 411,020 more than the same period last year. The total traffic growth (RPK) increased by 44 per cent, while the capacity growth (ASK) increased by 51 per cent.
The load factor was 83 per cent, down 3.6 percentage points. The high capacity growth is primarily due to the company’s long-haul routes, which has more than doubled since April last year.
Norwegian chief executive officer, Bjørn Kjos said: “We have a strong passenger growth this month, despite the effects of the Easter traffic. Our load factor is solid, and the company’s long-haul capacity has grown considerably since the same period last year, with a record high growth of 311 per cent outside the Nordics.
“As a result of the capacity increase we have offered a high volume of low fare tickets to attract new customers, consequently impacting the yield this month.”
Norwegian’s fleet renewal program continues with full force in 2018. The company took delivery of one Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in April. This year in total, the carrier will take delivery of 11 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, 12 Boeing 737 MAX8 and two Boeing 737-800.