Norwegian sees passenger numbers rise as restrictions ease

Norwegian Air has reported a continuing recovery, as it carried more than 695,000 passengers in July – about 50% higher than the same month last year.

It said demand is driven by the easing of travel restrictions and more people being vaccinated.

In July, Norwegian operated 33 aircraft, about 50% more than the previous month. The load factor was 74%.

In April, it operated just 10 aircraft, mainly on domestic routes in Norway.

For the coming autumn and winter season, the number of aircraft and routes will gradually be increased to meet anticipated market demand.

In May, the carrier completed its financial restructuring process which saw the axing of its low-cost long-haul routes.

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It now operates a short-haul network primarily in Norway and the Nordics, or from Norway and the Nordics to continental Europe.

The airline said travel to Northern Norway has been “especially popular” this summer, and the company increased its capacity to meet this demand.

Geir Karlsen, chief executive of Norwegian, said: “In July, we received the highest number of bookings since the society closed down in March last year.

“We are pleased that the booking figures are increasing again, and it is great to see that many of our colleagues are back at work.

“Even though the pandemic is not yet over, we are experiencing a time of optimism which is great after such a long period of high uncertainty.”

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