Posted on: 05 June 2015 by Mark Howells
Although May 2015 has seen a 13% increase in the number of passengers carried by Norwegian in comparison to the corresponding period during 2014, the airline says this is due to weak results in May last year as a result of Parat (the cabin union) being on strike.This year Norwegian carried 2,376,151 passengers in May, an increase of 272,674 compared with the 2,103,477 carried in 2014. The carrier also saw a load factor growth of 7.9 percentage points to 84.9%.“I'm very pleased with the solid traffic figures, even though the growth seems even stronger in light of the weak May last year,” commented Norwegian’s CEO, Bjørn Kjos. “Still, the traffic figures show that an increasing number of customers are choosing Norwegian. Future summer booking figures are positive, which not least reflect our European and intercontinental growth.”Across the same respective periods, the revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) increased by 19% and the available seat kilometres (ASK) increased by 8%.Finally, Norwegian operated 99.8% of its scheduled flights in May, of which 85.2% departed on time.