Norwegian announces August traffic figures

Norwegian has reported traffic development figures for August 2010 featuring a 28% increase in passengers carried but a small drop in load factor.

Revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) totalled 1,417 million compared with 1,070 million in August 2009, a 32% increase. Available seat kilometres (ASKs), however, were increased by 35% to 1,788 million from 1,323 million for the respective periods.

These figures led to a load factor of 79%, 2 percentage points down from last August’s 81%. As stated, the number of passengers carried by Norwegian during August rose by 28%, to 1,287,471 from 1,007,623.

The unit revenue (RASK) is estimated at NOK0.41 for the period (a fall of 13 %). According to the carrier, approximately 40% of the year-on-year RASK decrease reflects an adjusted route portfolio with 5% longer sector length and the introduction of 11 new Boeing 737-800s with higher capacity and lower unit cost since August 2009.

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