Press release -
Norwegian carried 1.9 million passengers in September – corporate travellers returning
In September, Norwegian had 1.9 million passengers and delivered a load factor above 85 percent.
“September was another busy month for travel within, to and from the Nordics. Going into the autumn holiday season, we notice a particularly high demand for international destinations, both cities and beaches. Nordic passengers continue to have a strong urge to travel abroad. We are also delighted to see that the corporate market is returning after the summer season. The number of corporate travellers is now on par with pre-pandemic levels for our most frequented domestic business routes in Norway,” said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.
Norwegian had 1,873,850 passengers in September, compared to 977,719 in September 2021. The load factor in September was 85.2 percent. The capacity (ASK) was 2,618 million seat kilometres, while actual passenger traffic (RPK) was 2,230 million seat kilometres. In September, Norwegian operated an average of 67 aircraft and 98.9 percent of the scheduled flights were completed. Punctuality, as measured by the number of flights departing within 15 minutes of scheduled time, was at 80.1 percent in September. However, 95 percent of all departed flights arrived on schedule or within one hour of the scheduled arrival time.
“We expect demand to soften into the winter season. Norwegian is well prepared to tackle this quieter period by rigorous route planning, flexible leasing terms through power-by-the-hour (PBH) agreements as well as sound agreements with our unions. We recently released our summer 2023 schedule with an improved offering to popular city and beach destinations across Europe. This means that we are currently recruiting 700 new colleagues across all our bases,” said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.
In September, Norwegian and Widerøe finalised their cooperation agreement on Norwegian domestic routes which will provide travellers with additional choice and flexibility. Norwegian’s recently released summer schedule will also allow for more departures on the most popular routes and provide customers with an increasing number of destinations.
See detailed traffic figures in the attached PDF.
Norwegian was founded in 1993 but began operating as a low-cost carrier with Boeing 737 aircraft in 2002. Since then, our mission has been to offer affordable fares for all and to allow customers to travel the smart way by offering value and choice throughout their journey.
Norwegian has been voted Europe’s Best Low-Cost airline by Skytrax for six consecutive years and won Airline Program of the Year Europe & Africa at the Freddie Awards for four consecutive years. Since 2012, Norwegian has won over 55 awards for our service, product, and innovation in the industry.
We were the first airline in the world to join the UN Climate Secretariat’s climate action-initiative in 2019, pledging to work systematically to become carbon neutral by 2050.
Norwegian operates a short haul network across the Nordics and to key European destinations providing customers with excellent quality at affordable fares.