Norwegian Air Passenger Numbers Plunge 90% in July

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In July, Norwegian Air Shuttle operated 20 aircraft predominantly in Norway and on selected destinations in Europe. For July the total number of flown customers was 356,093, more than three times more compared to the previous month. However, a reduction of 90% compared to July last year. The total capacity (ASK) was 560 million, 94% (10,005 million) lower than the same month previous year.

The company announced its ramp-up in June and is gradually adjusting its production to meet customer demand. Although customer demand has increased compared to the almost non-existent levels in April, May and June, the market situation remains challenging. Norwegian Air will continue to evaluate demand, travel advice and infection control measures while adjusting its network accordingly.

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Since July Norwegian Air has operated 76 routes across Europe. Photo: Steve Bates / CC BY-SA

Norwegian Restarts Short Haul Flights from the UK and Serve a Wider European Network from July

Norwegian Air previously announced that in line with other European carriers and as a result of increased customer demand the airline would begin to operate flights between London Gatwick to Oslo, London Gatwick to Copenhagen, Edinburgh to Oslo and Edinburgh to Copenhagen from July 1st.

London to Oslo was planned to be operated seven times a week, London to Copenhagen six times a week, Edinburgh to Oslo and Copenhagen twice a week respectively.

Jacob Schram, Norwegian Air CEO said: “Feedback from our customers has shown that they are keen to get back in the air and resume their travels with Norwegian beyond the current domestic services that we have been operating. Norwegian is returning to European skies with the reintroduction of more aircraft to serve our key destinations which will ensure that we remain in line with competing carriers.

As competition in the industry begins to recover over the summer period Norwegian will be in a position to continue to offer our customers great value and service while contributing to the gradual yet important return to normality for both the tourism sector and society as a whole. Safety remains our top priority and we have introduced a number of specific measures to further reduce the already low risk of infection on board.”

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, said: “The restart of regular Norwegian services from Gatwick is very welcome news and reflects the strength of the relationship and success the airline has had at Gatwick in recent years, as well as the fact that consumer demand is picking up as more people want to start flying again. For our part, the airport is ready to go and we have implemented a range of measures to protect the wellbeing and safety of both passengers and staff in recent weeks. The wellbeing and safety of passengers and staff remains Gatwick’s top priority and – combined with the health measures announced by Norwegian –today’s news demonstrates that we are starting to see small green shoots of recovery.”

Since April Norwegian Air had only operated eight aircraft on domestic routes in Norway. Another 12 aircraft re-joined the fleet and has been put into operation across Scandinavia to serve our popular core destinations.

Since July Norwegian Air has operated 76 routes across Europe from the airline’s Scandinavian hubs compared to the 13 domestic Norway only flights served previous months. Other destinations include Spain, Greece and key European cities.

Further destinations and frequency increases will be announced in due course subject to passenger demand and government travel restrictions.

About Norwegian Air Shuttle

The Norwegian story began over 27 years ago – we were founded in 1993 but only began operating as a low-cost carrier with bigger Boeing 737 aircraft in 2002. Norwegian expanded across the globe as the airline launched short-haul services across Europe and then entered the long-haul sector serving the US, Asia and South America. We operate a modern and fuel-efficient fleet consisting of Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Boeing 737s.

We were the first airline in the world to join the UN Climate Secretariat’s climate action-initiative in 2019, pledging to work systematically to become carbon neutral by 2050.

From being voted for six consecutive years as Europe’s Best Low Cost airline and for five consecutive years as the World’s Best Low Cost Long Haul Airline by Skytrax to winning Airline Program of the Year Europe & Africa for the fourth consecutive year at the 2020 Freddie Awards – In total Norwegian has won over 55 awards for our service, product and innovation in the industry since 2012.

Norwegian Air has become part of the fabric of Nordic culture and we take great pride in exporting our Nordic values across the world.

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