OSLO (JANUARY 8, 2016) – Norwegian reported its highest ever passenger figures in a single year for 2015. The past year, Norwegian flew 25.7 million passengers, two million more than the previous year, and achieved a load factor of 86 per cent, up from 81 per cent in 2014.
These results are due largely to the overall growth of the company’s long-haul operation. In 2015, Norwegian took delivery of 11 brand new aircraft and launched several new routes, including 12 routes from the United States to both Europe and the French Caribbean, as well as domestic service within Spain.
Norwegian received several prestigious international awards in 2015, including being named World’s best low-cost long-haul airline and Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline by SkyTrax. Norwegian was also named the most fuel-efficient transatlantic airline by The International Council on Clean Transportation thanks to its brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
During December 2015, Norwegian carried almost 1.7 million passengers in December, a nine percent increase from December 2014. The capacity growth (ASK) in December was 12 percent and the traffic growth (RPK) was 15 percent. The load factor was 83.3 percent, an increase of 2 percentage points from the same period last year. Norwegian operated 99.4 percent of its scheduled flights in December, of which 76.4 per cent departed on time.
“We are pleased that more and more people have chosen to fly with us, especially in the new destinations where we have introduced to our network. Even with the launch of a number of new routes, we have still been able to fill our planes better than ever before. Our long-haul operation has stabilized and contributed significantly to the positive 2015 figures. It bodes well going forward, as it increases our global competitiveness and positions us for further growth, specifically at London Gatwick,” said Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos.
“In December, many Scandinavians and Europeans chose to travel, either home for Christmas or to their favorite vacation getaway. Our new routes from London and Scandinavia to the Caribbean have been very well received. Our new routes from Boston, New York and Baltimore/ Washington D.C. to the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe have also been well received,” said Kjos.
Chief Communications Officer Anne-Sissel Skånvik, + 47 97 55 43 44
CFO Frode Foss, +47 91 63 16 45
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Oslo, Norway, award-winning Norwegian Air Shuttle is the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe and the world’s seventh largest. Norwegian offers more nonstop European destinations from the United States than any other European airline with seamless connections across the continent. Norwegian offers 29 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London and Scandinavia, as well as six routes from the U.S. to the Caribbean. Onboard features include more legroom than most competitors and free in-flight Wi-Fi on short-haul routes. The airline carried close to 26 million passengers in 2015 on the world’s most modern and eco-friendly fleet to its network that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, and long-haul flights to the U.S. and Southeast Asia – a total of 439 routes to 132 destinations. Over 5,500 people in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. work for Norwegian. Follow @Fly_Norwegian on Twitter, join the discussion on Facebook and keep up with our adventures on Instagram. For more information on Norwegian and its network, visit norwegian.com.