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Published on April 10th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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Norwegian’s Traffic Figures Remain Low

Norwegian Airlines traffic figures continued to be impacted by the weak demand and international travel restrictions. During March, the airline flew just 71,399 passengers, which was a 94% decrease in their numbers for March 2020. Norwegian operated just nine aircraft in March which is all the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, mainly on domestic routes in Norway. The Boeing Dreamliner’s are all in the process of being returned to lessors and the Boeing 737 MAX has not yet returned after the grounding. Although, these are unlikely to be returned to service with the airline. The company operated 99.4% of its scheduled flights in March, whereof 93.7% departed on time.

Despite the poor passenger numbers for March, the airline managed to carry around 10,000 more than in February. The airline has had its restructuring process approved in the Irish High Court and the airline has now moved on to get approval in Norway. Commenting on the figures for March, CEO of Norwegian Jacob Schram said, “The effects of the pandemic continue to impact our operations due to government restrictions on travel to reduce infection levels. However, the clear progress that has been made with vaccine schemes, and other measures aimed at a gradual opening up of society, means that I am optimistic with regards to increased activity and demand both in Norway and the rest of Europe going forward.”

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