Norwegian has highest ever passenger figure

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.
Avia Time
[photo courtesy Norwegian]


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