Norwegian breaks 30m passenger barrier in 2016

Norwegian breaks 30m passenger barrier in 2016

Norwegian has reported highest ever passenger figures for a single year, with almost 30 million passengers flying in 2016.

The airline also achieved a load factor of 88 per cent last year.

The launch of 34 new routes and a substantial increase of intercontinental traffic contributed considerably to the growth, the airline said earlier.

Passenger growth, more new aircraft and high load factors characterised 2016.

The company carried almost 30 million passengers in 2016, 3.6 million more than the previous year.

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The company took delivery of 21 brand new aircraft and launched 34 new routes, mainly in the US, Spain and the UK.

December 2016 was also characterised by passenger growth and a solid load factor.

Norwegian carried 2,145,043 passengers in December, up 20 per cent from the same month last year.

Norwegian chief executive, Bjørn Kjos, said: “The traffic figures show that our global strategy works and our competitiveness is strengthened.

“It is gratifying to see that more and more people choose to fly with us - our flights between Paris and several cities in the US, for example, have more or less been full.

“At the same time, our European and intercontinental routes complement each other as around 30 per cent of our passengers on the intercontinental routes also use our European network on the same journey.”