Easter and SAS strike boost for Norwegian

Norwegian reported an improved performance last month with the help of Easter travel.

Demand was also higher the last week of April due to a pilots’ strike at rival SAS.

Low-cost carrier Norwegian claimed that the impact to passengers of the global grounding of the Boeing 737 Max 8 was “limited” during the month.

The airline combined flights and offered passengers alternative departures to cover services due to be flown by Max aircraft.

Overcall carryings rose by 3% year-on-year to more than 3.1 million passengers.

“The Easter traffic will always influence the figures positively.” Norwegian said. “This year, Easter was in April, which means that the revenue per available seat-kilometre compared to last year, was higher.”

Chief executive Bjorn Kjos said: “I’m very pleased with the positive development in April, as well as the last two months as a whole; both in terms of passenger numbers, revenue and on-time performance.

“Going forward, we will continue to work on returning to profitability and at the same time offer our customers a high-quality product at a low fare while operating the industry’s newest and most environmentally friendly aircraft fleet.”

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