”I’m very pleased with the great boost in the July traffic figures. The airline industry has been facing turbulent times recently due to the closing of European airspace and third party strikes. However, the heavy passenger growth proves that our customers are confident that Norwegian and the airline industry in general are back on track,” said Bjørn Kjos, Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian.
The load factor was 85 per cent in July, down 3 percent from last year. The airline operated 99.7 of its scheduled flights, of which 79.2 percent departed on time. Norwegian’s punctuality was influenced by industrial actions by third party strikes in Greece and France, in addition to heavy slot delays in Northern Spain, France, Greece and Croatia due to congested airspace.
The total number of passengers flown in July 2010 was 1,322,695 compared to 1,048,684 last year, an increase of 274,011 passengers (26 %).
Compared to the same period last year:
– Total passenger traffic (RPK) increased by 30 %
– Total capacity (ASK) increased by 34 %
– The load factor was 85 %, down 3 p.p.
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