Posted on: 04 February 2016 by Mark Howells
Norwegian has reported that its Caribbean and Spanish routes provided significant contributions to the carrier’s continued traffic growth and higher load factors in January 2016.
Norwegian carried more than 1.7 million passengers during the month, a considerable increase compared with January 2015. The load factor was 81.7%, up 1.7 percentage points.
In January, Norwegian carried 1,756,656 passengers, an increase of 9% compared with the same month last year. The total passenger traffic in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased by 14% while the total capacity in available seat kilometres (ASKs) increased by 12%.
Norwegian launched new routes from the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe to Baltimore/Washington, New York and Boston. The airline said that the services has been well received by customers at each end of the routes, as well as Europeans connecting through New York. Norwegian has extended the season through to April on selected routes due to the positive response.
“We are very pleased that we have attracted more passengers and achieved a higher load factor in a traditionally slower month,” declared Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos. “The growth is primarily due to international expansion, with domestic flights in Spain and the routes between the French Caribbean and the US East Coast. In addition, more passengers are choosing Norwegian on intercontinental routes."
Norwegian is continuing its fleet renewal programme in 2016, with the delivery of 21 brand new aircraft – 17 Boeing 737-800s and four 787-9 Dreamliners. Norwegian will also take delivery of four Airbus A320neos that will be leased out. In addition, seven older 737-800s will exit the fleet.