Posted on: 04 December 2015 by Mark Howells
Norwegian’s November traffic figures indicate continued growth on long-haul routes, with newly-launched routes from Europe to the Caribbean and domestic routes in Spain both being well received.The carrier went from 1,766,134 passengers in November 2014 to 1,952,083 for the same month this year, marking an increase of 11%. Revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 13% from 2,795,000 to 3,167,000, while available seat kilometres (ASKs) grew by 8% from 3,540,000 to 3,810,000 across the same respective periods, resulting in a load factor increase of 4.1 percentage points from 79% to 83.1%.Bjørn Kjos, Norwegian’s CEO, commented, “I’m very pleased that our positive growth continued in November, as we are entering a period of typically lower demand for air travel. A growing number of travellers are taking advantage of Norwegian’s expansive route network in Europe to connect onwards to the US – this proves that a strong Norwegian in Europe further strengthens the long-haul operation and vice versa.”For the rolling twelve months to November 2015, traffic has remained fairly steady. Passenger numbers have increased by 1% from 25,415,054 to 25,601,003. ASKs also grew by 1% from 48,345,000 to 48,614,000, as did RPKs from 41,503,000 to 41,874,000. As a result, the load factor for the period comes out at 86.1%, a 0.3 percentage point increase from the 85.8% logged for the twelve months to November 2014.