Norwegian reports strong passenger growth in April

Norwegian has announced its traffic figures for April including a 53% increase in the number of passengers carried.

The total number of passengers flown in April 2011 was 1,207,891 compared to 791,371 last April. Compared to the same period last year, revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased by 58%, while available seat kilometres increased by 44%. These results created a load factor increase of 6 pp with the figure standing at 77% for April.

The closure of European airspace due to volcanic ash in April 2010 affected the figures, but Norwegian indicated that April is often a very good month for the company. Adjusted for the airspace closure, Norwegian still experienced a 22% RPK growth and a 17% ASK growth. The adjusted figure for the load factor was a 3 pp increase.

"Our April traffic figures are affected by last year’s closure of the European airspace and the traditional Easter travel peak falling in different months in 2010 and 2011. We are very satisfied that we are able to continue to fill our planes even with a strong capacity increase," said CEO Bjørn Kjos at Norwegian.

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