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Norwegian Flew 2.2m Passengers In April—47 New Routes For Summer

Norwegian has published its April traffic figures and announced a summer program with 47 new routes. In April, Norwegian and Widerøe airlines collectively served 2,207,857 passengers, with Norwegian having 1,892,362 and Widerøe 315,495.

Norwegian reports traffic figures for April.

Norwegian increased its capacity by 18% compared to last year, achieving an 80.3% load factor. The airline operated 81 aircraft on average, up from 73 in March. However, its regularity was mostly affected by air traffic control issues in Norwegian airspace.

“April marked a significant ramp up in capacity and we had on average 14 more aircraft in operation compared to the same month last year. The passenger numbers show an increase of 13 percent compared to the same period last year. We are pleased that many customers now book their summer holiday with us and advise customers that have specific dates in mind to book early,” said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.

Norwegian’s April traffic, by the numbers

The capacity (ASK) was 3,155 million seat kilometers, up 18 percent from last year. Actual passenger traffic (RPK) was 2,533 million seat kilometers, an increase of 14 percent from April 2023. The load factor for April was 80.3 percent, down three percentage points, partly due to the early Easter that this year predominantly fell in March.

In April, Norwegian operated with a regularity—meaning the share of scheduled flights taking place—of 98.8 percent. 51 percent of all canceled flights took place on 25 April, with ATC strikes in Europe and the closure of airspace in Norway significantly impacting Norwegian and other airlines’ operations. The punctuality—the share of flights departing within 15 minutes of scheduled time—was 81.3 percent, down two percentage points from April last year.

New routes for Norwegian

April was a month of new destinations for Norwegian. A total of nine new routes had their first take-off in April. Istanbul from Oslo, Malaga from Billund and Aarhus, and Alicante from Munich were some of the highlights in a summer program that includes a total of 47 new routes.

“We look forward to offering our customers a great summer programme with several exciting new destinations. In particular, we are very pleased to deliver an improved offering with added capacity in Denmark, our second largest market. The Danes can look forward to a total of 17 new routes, to destinations like Valencia, Toulouse, Bilbao and Milan. In addition, the Widerøe numbers for April are encouraging, and it’s good to see the hard work from the Widerøe team is bearing fruits,” said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.

Widerøe traffic numbers

For Widerøe, capacity (ASK) in April increased to 177 million seat kilometers, an increase of 13 percent compared to April last year. The actual passenger traffic (RPK) was 113 million seat kilometers, while the load factor was 64.1 percent, up 6 percentage points.

Norwegian Traffic Table For April 2024

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