Norwegian reports strong passenger growth in November

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Norwegian reported strong passenger growth as it carried almost 2.9 million passengers in November – an increase of 14 per cent compared to the same month previous year.

The airline carried 2,877,549 passengers in November, a rise of 357,329 compared to the same month last year. The total traffic growth (RPK) increased by 26 per cent this month, driven by a 34 per ent capacity growth (ASK). The load factor was 78.8 per cent.

Norwegian said traffic figures this month are influenced by the transition from summer to winter operations, as well at the launch of several new routes and increased aircraft utilisation, compared to the same month previous year. Norwegian’s passengers continue to fly longer distances, which also effects this month’s figures.

Chief executive officer, Bjørn Kjos said: “I am pleased that there has been a positive development in yield this month. At the same time, several of our summer routes have been extended into November, which has affected the load factor. A full transition into the winter program will take place early next year, once the busy holiday season is behind us.”

Norwegian’s fleet renewal program continues in 2018. The company took delivery of one Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and one Boeing 737 MAX 8 this month. In total, it will take delivery of 11 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners,12 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and two Boeing 737-800 aircraft this year.