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Norwegian reports continued passenger growth with full long-haul flights in September

Press release   •   Oct 06, 2015 07:27 EDT

Continued passenger growth and solid load factors were the key factorsin Norwegian’s September traffic figures. More than 2.4 million customers flew with the airline this month. The load factor was 88.2 percent and long-haul operations contributed considerably to the positive traffic figures.

Norwegian carried 2,435,240 passengers in September, an increase of 9 percent compared to the same month previous year. The total passenger traffic (RPK) increased by 11 percent while the capacity (ASK) increased by 3 percent this month. The load factor was 88.2 percent, up 6.8 percentage points from the same month last year.

Along with increased passenger numbers, September was also marked by new aircraft and further award wins for Norwegian. The company took delivery of three brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft in September, of a total of ten in 2015. With an average age of about four years, Norwegian’s fleet is among the most modern and environmentally friendly in Europe. In September, Norwegian was awarded the best airline in Europe by renowned Passenger Choice Awards.

“Norwegian´s long-haul operation continues to make a positive contribution to our growth, with 96 percent of the seats filled in September.We also see that an increasing number of passengers are taking advantage of our extensive European network to connect onwards to the US or Thailand. This shows the excellent links and travel opportunitiesthat a seamless long- and short-haul operation can create. The fact that we once again receive new international recognition proves that travelers all over the world appreciate Norwegian”, said CEO Bjørn Kjos.

Norwegian operated 99.8 percent of its scheduled flights in September, with 84.3 percent departing on time.

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Media contacts:
Chief Communications Officer Anne-Sissel Skånvik, tel. +47 975 54 344
Chief Financial Officer Frode Foss, tel. +47 916 31 645

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, commercially branded “Norwegian”, is a low-cost airline listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Norwegian is the second largest airline in Scandinavia and third largest low cost carrier in Europe. Close to 24 million passengers fly on its network per year. Norwegian has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the US and Southeast Asia. The company has a total of 424 routes to 130 destinations and employs approximately 4,500 people in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, UK, Spain and Thailand. The company has 258 undelivered aircraft on firm order. Norwegian was founded in 1993 and its headquarter is in Fornebu, Norway. Norwegian offers better leg room than most competitors, in-flight WiFi on short haul, world-class punctuality and a fleet of 96 aircraft with an average age of only four years. In 2013 and 2014, Norwegian was voted Europe’s best low-cost carrier of the year by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards. In 2014, Norwegian also won three prizes at the prestigious Passenger Choice Awards for Best Airline in Europe, Best Inflight Connectivity & Communications and Best Single Achievement in Passenger Experience for its moving map on the 787 Dreamliners. In addition, Norwegian was awarded Europe's best low-cost airline by for the second year running.