Posted on: 06 April 2016 by Mark Howells
Norwegian has announced that in March it carried 2,195,037 passengers, an increase of 27% compared with March 2015 along with a load factor of 87.9%, up 3.7 percentage points.
The airline noted that the Scandinavian pilot strike in March 2015 affected the figures last year. In addition, the traffic growth is affected by Easter did occurring in April this year.
Revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) in March increased by 27% while available seat kilometres (ASKs) rose by 21%.
Norwegian's CEO, Bjørn Kjos commented, “We are very pleased that an increasing number of travellers are choosing Norwegian, not least business travellers both on domestic routes in Scandinavia and European routes in general. More and more companies are realising it is possible to get quality flights at a low fare and are updating their travel policies to reduce costs without compromising quality. In addition, the response to our intercontinental offer continues to increase as we launch new routes and destinations.”
Norwegian’s fleet renewal programme continues in 2016 with 21 brand new aircraft entering the fleet. The company took delivery of three Boeing 737-800s from the factory in Seattle in March. Norwegian operated 99.3% of its scheduled flights in March, of which 75.6% departed on time.