For the first time since the approval of the acquisition, Norwegian and Widerøe are combining their traffic reports.
In January, Norwegian welcomed 1,138,621 travelers, alongside 246,326 who chose Widerøe to get to their destinations. The combined efforts of both airlines resulted in the Norwegian Group flying a grand total of 1,384,947 passengers.
Norwegian saw its load factor—a measure of how well an airline fills seats—climb to 83.1 percent, marking a 5 percentage point gain from the same month the previous year.
Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian, shared, “For the first time, our traffic figures encompass Widerøe’s numbers, and in sum, Norwegian and Widerøe had 1.4 million passengers in January’s first month. Notably, Norwegian’s load factor leaped by five percentage points compared to last January. High demand for beach destinations remains, with many customers chasing the sun across the Mediterranean.”
Norwegian catered to 1,138,621 passengers in January. The airline offered 1,820 million seat kilometers of capacity (ASK), 3 percent lower than the previous year. It logged 1,512 million seat kilometers carrying passengers (RPK). Throughout January, Norwegian operated an average of 63 aircraft and achieved 99.0 percent regularity in its scheduled flights. However, harsh winter conditions did impact punctuality, with on-time departures at 76.7 percent.
Karlsen added, “Seasonal weather and winter storms shape our winter operations. I extend a hearty thank you to our devoted colleagues who minimize disruptions and make our customers’ travel smooth.”
Norwegian and Widerøe Outlook for 2024
Looking ahead to 2024, Norwegian has safeguarded its operations against fluctuating jet fuel prices. The airline has hedged around 50 percent of its anticipated fuel needs, closely aligned with the current forward price levels.
The Norwegian Competition Authority gave the green light for Norwegian’s acquisition of Widerøe in December. The deal was sealed on January 12. The teams are already moving forward to align their goals and deliver superior customer service and travel options. Starting February 1, Norwegian switched to Widerøe Ground Handling for its ground services at several Norwegian airports.
Widerøe also saw a positive trend, with its January operations growing by 4 percent in production compared to last year and transporting 8 percent more passengers. This led to a 3 percentage point rise in its load factor.
Norwegian and Widerøe Traffic Figures January 2024
As the leading Norwegian airline and a top European budget carrier, Norwegian employs about 4,500 individuals. The airline has been an affordable travel option since 2002, serving more than 300 million travelers. Focused on customer choice and affordability, Norwegian continues to revolutionize travel.
Committed to sustainability, the airline aims for a 45 percent CO2 emissions reduction by 2030. Actions to achieve this include fleet renewal, promotion of sustainable aviation fuels, waste reduction, and optimal use of wind and weather information for fuel-efficient routing. Norwegian strives to be the eco-friendly airline of choice.
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