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Published on : Thursday, February 4, 2016
In January, Norwegian carried 1,756,656 passengers, an increase of 9 percent compared to the same month previous year. The total passenger traffic (RPK) increased by 14 percent and the total capacity (ASK) increased by 12 percent.
In December, Norwegian launched new routes from Baltimore/Washington, New York and Boston to the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. The service has been well received by customers both in the Caribbean and the U.S., as well as Europeans connecting through New York. Norwegian has extended the season through April on selected routes due to the positive response.
“We are very pleased that we have attracted more passengers and achieved a higher load factor in a traditionally slower month. The growth is primarily due to international expansion, with domestic flights in Spain and the routes between the French Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast. In addition, more and more customers are choosing Norwegian on intercontinental routes,” said CEO Bjørn Kjos.
Norwegian is continuing its fleet renewal program in 2016, with the delivery of 21 brand new aircraft. A total of 17 brand new Boeing 737-800s and four 787-9 Dreamliners will be delivered in 2016. Norwegian will also take delivery of four Airbus A320 neos that will be leased out. In addition, seven older 737-800s will exit the fleet. With an average age of 3.6 years, Norwegian’s fleet is one of Europe’s newest and most environmentally friendly.
Norwegian operated 99.5 percent of its scheduled flights in January, whereof 72.3 percent departed on time.