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Norwegian sets passenger record, confirms Brazil

Norwegian confirms that it has applied to the authorities of another country with “great potential”.

Destinations in Brazil may soon be on Norwegian’s route map, as the airline applies for permission to operate to and from the country.

The low-cost carrier confirms it sent an application to the Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority, ANAC (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil), for permission to fly to the large South American country.

“As an ambitious airline with a major flight order, we have not made any secret of plans to expand to other parts of South America,” says a Norwegian spokesman, according to Air Transport World.

The move follows Norwegian Air Argentina receiving an Air Operator’s Certificate at the start of this year, then opening a route between London Gatwick and the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

It usually takes about 90 to 120 days to get an approval in place, so Norwegian is now waiting for a response from Brazil.

“Norwegian has a strong belief that relations between Britain and Brazil are currently undermined and dominated by high prices. We can confirm that we have applied to fly to and from Brazil, as this market shows great potential,” the spokesman said.

It is unclear what exactly Norwegian wants to do in Brazil. The country is the fifth largest in the world measured by area and sixth largest in terms of population.

The carrier has previously expressed a desire to fly between South America and Asia with stops along the way in Australia. The newspaper The West Australian wrote in February that the airline had asked the Australian authorities for permission to open a route between Buenos Aires and Perth. Norwegian has also applied for permission to operate from Perth to Singapore.

Record highs
In related news, Norwegian reported this morning record-high passenger figures and load factors for July – almost 3.8 million in a single month, up 13% year-on-year. The load factor was 93%.

Norwegian has also launched a pilot recruitment drive in Ireland as it continues its transatlantic expansion. It says it is looking to recruit 40 pilots, almost doubling the current number of flight crew operating out of its Dublin base.

The recruitment drive is the result of a previously announced transatlantic expansion in Ireland including a new route between Dublin and Hamilton/Toronto.

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