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Norwegian passenger figures soar on low-cost long-haul

Norwegian Dreamliner 787

Norwegian has reported its highest passenger figures in a single year with around 30 million passengers flying with the airline in 2016 – a jump of 3.6 million on the previous year.

The airline’s growth was boosted by the increasing popularity of its low-cost long-haul routes.

Norwegian was granted an EU operating licence at the end of last year and moved quickly to outline plans for transatlantic routes from Ireland. It is also planning to launch services to the US from Edinburgh this year.

CEO Bjorn Kos said the figures showed its global strategy was working. 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,” said Kos.

“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.”

In December, Norwegian carried 2.1 million passengers in December, up 20 per cent year-on-year.

Norwegian CEO Kos was named in BBT’s 2017 Hotlist.

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