Norwegian welcomed 11 per cent more passengers in February than the same month last year as 2.33 million flew with the low-cost carrier – driven by demand on routes to the US and Europe from the UK.
This figure was an increase of 239,663 passengers from February in 2017. The total traffic growth (RPK) increased by 32 per cent and the capacity growth (ASK) increased by 35 per cent. The load factor was 84.3 per cent, down two percentage points.
Norwegian chief executive officer, Bjørn Kjos said: “We are pleased with the continued growth in both leisure and business passengers in February, a month traditionally characterized by less demand. The global expansion continued with the strongest growth on routes between Europe and the US.”
Norwegian operated 98.9 per cent of the scheduled flights in February, and 74.7 per cent departed on time. The on-time performance was influenced by wintry conditions in Europe.
Norwegian’s fleet renewal program continues with full force in 2018. The carrier took delivery of its last Boeing 737-800 and two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in February. This year, Norwegian will take delivery of 11 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, 12 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and two Boeing 737-800.
Norwegian carries 5.8 million UK passengers each year from London Gatwick Airport, Edinburgh Airport and Manchester Airport to 50 destinations.