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Norwegian reports passenger growth and higher load factor in November

Press release   •   Dec 04, 2015 06:11 EST

Norwegian’s November traffic figures are characterised by growth on intercontinental and European routes. The load factor also increased this month - by 4.1 percentage points to 83 per cent compared to the same month last year. Norwegian carried close to 2 million customers this month, an increase of 11 per cent.

The November traffic figures show a stable and positive development, including continued growth on long-haul routes. New routes from Europe to the Caribbean and domestic routes in Spain launched this month have been well received.

Norwegian carried 1,952,083 passengers in November, an increase of 11 per cent compared to the same month last year. The total passenger traffic (RPK) increased by 13 per cent while the capacity (ASK) increased by 8 per cent this month. The load factor was 83.1 per cent, up 4.1 percentage points from the same month last year.

Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos said: “I’m very pleased that our positive growth continued in November, as we are entering a period of typically lower demand for air travel. A growing number of travelers are taking advantage of Norwegian’s expansive route network in Europe to connect onwards to the U.S – this proves that a strong Norwegian in Europe further strengthens the long-haul operation and vice versa.”

Norwegian operated 99.7 per cent of its scheduled flights in November, of which 86.3 per cent departed on time.

In November, Norwegian’s fleet was recognized as one on the most modern and environmentally friendly in Europe – a report by the International Council on Clean Transportation named Norwegian “the greenest” of all airlines offering transatlantic flights:

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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.