NEW YORK CITY (JULY 2, 2018) – Norwegian, the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline and Airline of the Year 2017, has been named Europe’s Leading Low-Cost Airline 2018 for the fourth consecutive year at the 25th annual World Travel Awards, one of the travel industry's most prestigious awards.
The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel industry and they are recognized globally as one of the ultimate hallmarks of industry excellence.
"We are very proud to have been once again voted Europe’s leading Low-Cost airline, which is a reflection of the dedication of our 9,500 hard-working colleagues. Norwegian continues to offer exceptional value across our expanding global network and is recognized as an industry leader in the low-cost sector. We would like to thank the thousands of customers and industry peers that have once again cast their vote for Norwegian," said Bjørn Kjos, Norwegian’s CEO.
“Winning is tough but staying on top is even tougher, and Norwegian has proven its world-class credentials by winning ‘Europe’s Leading Low-Cost Airline’ for the fourth year in succession. The airline’s rapid expansion, both short-haul and long-haul, exemplify the World Travel Awards mission to push the boundaries of travel excellence,” said Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards.
This latest award adds to the growing accolades that Norwegian has already received in 2018 including Best Wi-Fi in Europe and Best Overall Passenger Experience Low Cost Carrier Europe at the Passenger Choice Awards; and Airline Program of the Year Europe and Africa at the Freddie Awards in recognition of the airline’s customer loyalty program – Norwegian reward.
The 2018 World Travel Awards took place on June 30, 2018, at the Europe Gala ceremony in Athens.
Norwegian is the world’s sixth largest low-cost airline and carried around 33 million passengers in 2017. The airline operates 500 routes to more than 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean, North and South America. Norwegian has a fleet of more than 150 aircraft, with an average age of 3.6 years, making it one of the world’s youngest fleets. Norwegian was named the Most Fuel-Efficient Airline on Transatlantic Routes by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Norwegian has been voted ‘Europe’s best low-cost carrier’ by passengers for five consecutive years at SkyTrax World Airline Awards from 2013-2017, along with being awarded the ‘World's best low-cost long-haul airline’ in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Norwegian employs over 9,500 people. The airline offers more than 60 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Madrid, Amsterdam, Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia and the Caribbean.