Published on : Thursday, April 21, 2016
The pre-tax result (EBT) was -992 MNOK, compared to -777 MNOK the same quarter previous year. Included in the 2016 figures are negative currency effects and losses from forward jet-fuel contracts, amounting to a loss of 528 MNOK.
The load factor for the first quarter was 85 percent, up two percentage points compared to the same quarter last year. The airline carried close to six million passengers in the first quarter, an increase of 17 percent. Norwegian’s strongest growth was at London Gatwick, where the airline operates both long- and short-haul routes. The growth at Spanish airports is also considerable. In the Nordic countries passenger numbers increased, both in regards to total number of passengers and market shares.
“The first quarter results show that we have an underlying profit improvement of 400 million NOK compared to the same quarter last year. Our load factor continues to be very high. The long-haul operations are becoming significantly more important. We also see growth in the Nordics and in Europe in general. We also see that the Scandinavian and European route networks both play an increasingly important role in our long-haul strategy, as many of our passengers connect from short haul to long haul and vice versa. An increasing number of business travellers choose to fly with Norwegian, and we have entered into agreements with several large corporations in the first quarter. This indicates that passengers appreciate a high quality product at a low price,” said CEO Bjørn Kjos.