Norwegian reported strong passenger growth in September as it carried almost 3.5 million passengers – nine per cent more than the same month last year.
The total traffic growth (RPK) increased by 31 per cent, driven by a 32 per cent capacity growth (ASK). The load factor was 88.8 per cent on the entire route network and 92.4 per cent on Norwegian’s long-haul routes.
Norwegian said in general, the yield development is positive, but is negatively affected by the Swedish passenger tax and the fact that company operates more longer flights than the same time previous year.
As the revenue per passenger kilometer is lower on longer flights, the company’s total yield falls as the share of long-haul flights increases.
Norwegian chief executive officer, Bjørn Kjos said: “We are very pleased that an increasing number of passengers choose Norwegian for their travels, especially business passengers. I’d particularly like to point out our long-haul routes where the demand is high and continues to increase.
“The recognition from ICCT is truly the highest form of industry praise and proves that our investment in brand new planes reduce our environmental footprint. New aircraft is win-win for our customers, the environment and the company.”
Norwegian operated 99.4 per cent of the scheduled flights in September, whereof 80.2 per cent departed on time, up 2.3 percentage points compared to the same month last year.
The carrier’s fleet renewal program continues in 2018. The company took delivery of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 and one Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in September. It will take delivery of 11 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners,12 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and two Boeing 737-800 aircraft this year.