Norwegian has published its passenger traffic report for December 2023. The airline transported over 1.3 million passengers in December, achieving an 83.6% load factor — a six percentage point surge from December 2022. Throughout 2023, their passenger count was over 20 million, marking a 16% rise from the previous year.
“With 1.3 million passengers in December, a total of more than 20 million passengers chose to travel with us in 2023. Our load factor has increased significantly from December 2022, and I am happy to see these solid results. It is also encouraging to see that the positive booking trend we saw through 2023 seems to continue into 2024. Our customers are now planning and booking their next travel adventure with many taking advantage of our New Year’s sale that was launched recently,” said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.
Norwegian Passenger Traffic In December
Norwegian carried 1,308,441 passengers in December, almost the same as in December 2022. The airline’s capacity, measured in available seat kilometers (ASK), decreased by five percent compared to the previous year, totaling 2,013 million seat kilometers. The actual passenger traffic, or revenue passenger kilometers (RPK), amounted to 1,684 million seat kilometers. Throughout the month, Norwegian maintained regular operations with an average of 65 aircraft, ensuring that 99.5 percent of flights operated as scheduled. Winter storm Pia impacted punctuality, with 70.4 percent of flights departing within 15 minutes of the scheduled time. Despite this, 93 percent of all departed flights arrived on time or within one hour of the scheduled arrival time.
Over the course of 2023, Norwegian experienced a 16 percent increase in passengers served, reaching a total of 20.6 million. The airline’s capacity grew by 18 percent, leading to a two percentage point rise in the load factor, which reached 84.7 percent.
“Winter storm Pia challenged our operations a few days prior to Christmas, but thanks to the relentless effort and meticulous planning by colleagues across the business, we managed to add several extra flights and get passengers home in time for their Christmas celebrations,” said Karlsen.
Norwegian Acquisition of Widerøe Approved
Just before Christmas, the Norwegian Competition Authority (NCA) has given the green light for Norwegian’s acquisition of Widerøe. The two companies will finalize the deal later this month. The merging of these two airlines will enhance customer route options and streamline travel within Norway and internationally.
New Routes To Popular Destinations
In December, Norwegian launched new routes from cities in Norway to Rhodes, Palma de Mallorca, Edinburgh and Istanbul. The flight schedule for summer 2024 offers more than 330 routes to more than 120 destinations.
Norwegian Passenger Traffic Figures for December 2023
Norwegian, the largest airline in Norway and a top low-cost carrier in Europe, has built a strong reputation since its establishment in 2002. With approximately 4,500 employees, the airline operates an extensive route network linking Nordic countries with popular European destinations. Over the years, Norwegian has served more than 300 million passengers, focusing on providing affordable airfares and enhancing travel flexibility.
Norwegian has a clear target to reduce CO2 emissions by 45% before 2030. The company is actively renewing its fleet, advocating for sustainable aviation fuel, minimizing waste, and leveraging advanced weather data to optimize fuel-efficient flight paths. These initiatives are part of Norwegian’s vision to offer environmentally conscious choices to its passengers.