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Easter bump helps Norwegian

The low-cost carrier reports “solid” passenger growth during the month of March.

An early Easter boosted passenger figures at Norwegian, with 362,613 more people choosing to fly with the airline than the same month last year, reaching a total of 2,816,164 passengers.

It also improved its load factor to 86.7%, rising by 2.6 percentage points.

Norwegian said that the growth had been influenced by what it called the “Easter effect”, adding that “we will therefore see the opposite effect for the April figures”.

“Even though Easter strongly impacts this month’s figures, we have a solid passenger growth. The international growth continues, and at the same time, more people are flying with us in Scandinavia,” Bjørn Kjos, the airline’s chief executive, said.

“Our low fares and extensive route offering attract more business and leisure passengers.”

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Norwegian operated 98.4% of its scheduled flights in March, with 72.3% departing on time. The carrier also took delivery of three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and will add of total of 11 Boeing 787-9s, 12 Boeing 737 MAX8s and two Boeing 737-800s by the end of this year.

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