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Passenger numbers up for Norwegian

The growth in popularity of the airline Norwegian among Brits flying abroad has seen the ambitious carrier notch up yet another bump in passenger numbers. Transatlantic routes have helped drive up the figures as Norwegian flew more than 2.1 million passengers in January, an increase of 20% year on year.

With a load factor increasing by 1.3 percentage points to stand at 83%, 353,920 more people choose to fly with the airline last month, bringing the total number of passengers to 2,110,576. This meant that the total traffic growth increased by 30% and the capacity growth rose by 28%.

The carrier's international expansion and in particular its routes between the UK and the US played a big part in the impressive figures, although domestic routes in Spain are also contributing to the overall pattern of growth.

Global expansion

Norwegian chief executive Bjørn Kjos commented: “We are very pleased to see that the traffic growth continues in January, a month traditionally characterised by less travel.

“The global expansion continues with strong growth on domestic routes in Spain as well as flights between the US and the UK,” he explained.

It isn't only passenger numbers that continue to impress for the airline. Norwegian operated 99.6% of its scheduled flights in January and of those, 73.6% departed on time.

Fleet investment

One of the aspects of the airline's operation that is also proving popular is its investment in new aircraft for its expanding fleet. The renewal programme continues throughout 2017 and the carrier has already taken delivery of two new Boeing 737-800s in January.

The rest of the year will see nine Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, 17 Boeing 737-800 and six Boeing 737 MAX 8 added to the Norwegian line-up.

Norwegian is now the sixth largest low-cost carrier in the world and flies almost 450 routes to more than 150 destinations.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your Family Travel Insurance in advance.

Date Created: 07 February 2017

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