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Norwegian reports sharp rise in long-haul traffic

Norwegian has reported a 70 per cent rise in passenger growth on its long-haul routes for November.

It follows the announcement that the US government has granted it a licence to operate out of Ireland so it can expand its low-cost transatlantic routes.

Overall passenger traffic was up 16 per cent on the same month last year.

A total of 2,265,145 passengers chose to fly with Norwegian in November. This is 313,062 more passengers than the same period last year.

The total traffic growth (RPK) increased by 31 per cent, while the capacity growth (ASK) increased by 29 per cent.

The overall load factor was 84 per cent, an increase of one percentage point.

Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos said: “We are very pleased that both new and loyal customers choose to fly with Norwegian. Our transatlantic growth will continue now that the U.S. Department of Transportation has finally given our EU carrier a permit to fly to and from the U.S.

“This means that Norwegian can continue its global expansion with full force and open new destinations all over the world. The approval also means that we can create more jobs in Europe and the U.S., as well as contributing to local economies through increased tourism."

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