OSLO/FORNEBU (April 6, 2016) – Norwegian reported its traffic results for March 2016. In March, Norwegian carried 2,195,037 passengers, an increase of 27 percent compared to March last year. The total passenger traffic (RPK) increased by 27 per cent and the total capacity (ASK) increased by 21 percent. The load factor for March was 87.9 percent, up 3.7 percentage points. Norwegian operated 99.3 per cent of its scheduled flights in March, whereof 75.6 per cent departed on time.
The March 2016 traffic figures are characterized by growth and higher load factor, however it needs to be taken into account that the Scandinavian pilot strike in March 2015 affected the figures last year. In addition, the traffic growth is affected by the fact that Easter did not extend into April this year.
“We are very pleased that an increasing number of travelers are choosing Norwegian, not least business travelers both on domestic routes in Scandinavia and European routes in general. More and more companies are realizing 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,” said Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos.
Norwegian’s fleet renewal program continues with full force 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. With an average age of 3.6 years, Norwegian’s fleet is one of Europe’s newest and most environmentally friendly.
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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.