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​Norwegian reports 12 per cent passenger growth in March

Press Release   •   Apr 06, 2017 07:00 BST

Norwegian carried close to 2.4 million passengers in March, an increase of 12 per cent compared to the same month last year. The figures are negatively influenced by lower demand in March because Easter is in April, compared to last year.

A total of 2,453,551 passengers chose to fly with Norwegian in March, 258,514 more than the same period last year. The total traffic growth (RPK) increased by 16 per cent, while the capacity growth (ASK) increased by 22 per cent. The load factor was 84.1 percent, down 3.8 percentage points. The period is influenced by the fact that Easter is in April this year (compared to March last year), consequently reducing the unit revenue by approximately 10 per cent.

Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos: “We are very pleased to see that more passengers chose to fly Norwegian. The growth is primarily driven by our international traffic, which is becoming increasingly important in the company’s global expansion.”

Norwegian operated 99.5 percent of the scheduled flights in March, whereof 78.5 percent departed on time.

Norwegian’s fleet renewal program continues with full force in 2017. The company took delivery of three Boeing 737-800s and one Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in March. This year, Norwegian will take delivery of 9 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, 17 Boeing 737-800 and 6 Boeing 737 MAX. With an average age of only 3.6 years, Norwegian’s fleet is one of the world’s “greenest” and most modern.

Please find more information in the attached traffic report.