Posted on: 06 March 2015 by Mark Howells
In February 2015, 1,626,874 passengers flew with Norwegian, an increase of 7% compared with the same month last year, which the airline puts down to expansion in the European market and growth in its long-haul operations.
Norwegian’s load factor also increased by 5.5 percentage points to 84.8% across the respective periods. Likewise, for February 2015 revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased by 17% and available seat kilometres (ASKs) increased by 9% from February 2014’s results.
However, the strike among Scandinavian pilots organised by Parat/Norwegian Pilot Union has led to a decline in ticket sales for March, especially on domestic routes in Scandinavia.
“2015 got off to a good start until the pilot strike hit us, which has influenced our traffic figures. The situation is deeply regrettable. Although our traffic is running as normal on our long-haul operation and from our bases outside Scandinavia, the strike still affects the entire company,” commented Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos.