Norwegian Air gears up for summer after February recovery

Norwegian Air saw February passenger carryings rise by 83% to 1.2 million over the same month last year when Covid travel curbs were still in place.

The Scandinavian budget carrier achieved a load factor of 84% in the month as it saw strong demand for winter holidays as it operated up to 64 aircraft.

A high number of travellers also used the winter break to book Easter travel and long weekends in May and summer holiday flights, according to the airline.

Chief executive Geir Karlsen said: “We are satisfied with the traffic figures this past month, and we are particularly pleased with a load factor of 84%. This demonstrates Norwegian’s ability to offer an attractive product to passengers throughout the year, even during the seasonally slower winter months. 

“High load factors also increase our fuel efficiency, an important parameter from a sustainability perspective.”

He added: “We are eager and well prepared to head into the summer. 

“Our summer schedule starts rolling from the end of March, and we are currently busy taking in new aircraft and new colleagues to match the strong demand we see in our bookings. 

“In addition to being a highly appreciated airline amongst leisure travellers, we continue to experience a solid demand within the business segment. This clearly demonstrates that we have an attractive offering for Nordic business and leisure travellers alike.”

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