OSLO/FORNEBU (MARCH 4, 2016) – Norwegian reported its traffic results for February 2016. In February, Norwegian carried 1,871,396 passengers, an increase of 15 percent compared to the same month in the previous year. The total passenger traffic (RPK) increased by 20 percent and the total capacity (ASK) increased by 19 percent. The load factor for February was 85.6 percent, up 0.8 percentage points. Norwegian operated 99.7 percent of its scheduled flights in February, whereof 79.5 percent departed on time.
“We are very pleased that we have attracted more new business and leisure travelers this month. The growth is primarily due to international expansion, particularly our intercontinental operation. Domestic flights in Spain and the routes between the French Caribbean and the East Coast of the United States are also preforming well. Demand in the Nordic region is good and stable,” said CEO Bjørn Kjos.
In February, Norwegian launched its first new routes between the U.S. (New York, Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles) and Paris (CDG), and these routes have already been well-received. The carrier also took delivery of the first of 30 new and bigger Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in February. Norwegian will take delivery of four additional 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in 2016.
A brand new Boeing 737-800 also entered the fleet in February, the second of 17 this year. With an average age of 3.6 years, Norwegian’s fleet is one of Europe’s newest and most environmentally friendly.
Note to editors: For detailed traffic results, please see the attached PDF.
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Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Oslo, Norway, award-winning Norwegian Air Shuttle is the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe and the world’s seventh largest. Norwegian offers more nonstop European destinations from the United States than any other European airline with seamless connections across the continent. Norwegian offers 38 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London, Paris and Scandinavia, as well as six routes from the U.S. to the Caribbean. Onboard features include more legroom than most competitors and free in-flight Wi-Fi on short-haul routes. The airline carried 26 million passengers in 2015 on the world’s most modern and eco-friendly fleet to its network that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the U.S. and Southeast Asia – a total of more than 440 routes to 132 destinations. Over 5,500 people in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. work for Norwegian. Follow @Fly_Norwegian on Twitter, join the discussion on Facebook and keep up with our adventures on Instagram. For more information on Norwegian and its network, visit norwegian.com.