Norwegian reports 22% growth in February passenger numbers

Norwegian carried 1,527,099 passengers more in February 2014 than in February 2013, an increase of 22%, with the load factor also increasing, despite strong capacity growth.

Revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased by 48% while available seat kilometres (ASKs) went up by 46% compared with February 2013. The load factor was 79.3% in February, up one percentage point.

“Our offer to customers has increased significantly with more routes and frequencies. The load factor increases, even with a strong capacity growth, are something we’re very satisfied with. At the same time, there’s strong competition in the market and many affordable tickets available, which benefits the customers. At Norwegian, we are prepared to meet the competition by introducing even more brand new aircraft to the fleet, expanding the route network and adding new destinations to the route map. New aircraft with lower fuel burn are key to keeping costs down and continuing to offer more low-fare tickets,” commented Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos.

In February, Norwegian took delivery of two brand new Boeing 737-800s from a total of 15 such aircraft to be delivered during 2014. In addition, the company will take delivery of four new 787 Dreamliners during the first half of 2014.

Norwegian operated 99.8% of its scheduled flights in February, of which 83.9% departed on time.

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