Airline reports “new passenger record and solid July figures”
Norwegian’s passenger growth continued in July, the airline reports. More than 1.8 million passengers flew with Norwegian in July, up 14% from the same month last year. It was the carrier’s highest ever passenger figure. The airline flew 1,820,158 passengers for the month. However, load factor fell 2 percentage points from July 2011, to 87%.
Norwegian stressed that the reduced load was “more than offset by the positive development in unit revenue”. Unit revenue (RASK) increased by 2% to 0.51, while the yield improved by 5% to 0.59. Total passenger traffic (RPK) increased by 15% and total capacity (ASK) increased by 18%.
Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos blamed Norway’s civil aviation authorities for a slump in the carrier’s on-time departure record. The company operated 99.9% of its scheduled flights this month, but only 78.8% departed on time. Kjos said that the on-time figures were heavily influenced by Norway’s civil aviation authorities’ (Avinor) inability to staff a sufficient number of air traffic controllers during the busiest holiday season.
“Unfortunately, Avinor’s lacking ability to provide enough air traffic controllers in July has affected our otherwise world-class on-time performance,” he said.
[photo courtesy Norwegian]