Published on September 8th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Norwegian Return to Dublin as Passenger Numbers Increase
Norwegian has returned to Dublin with a new service on the Copenhagen route. This is the first time since the pre-pandemic era that the airline has operated commercially to Dublin. The new route is operating on a twice-weekly basis initially using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The airline has reduced its size and is only operating around 40 aircraft during August. In recently released figures, the airline carried 790,000 passengers during August, around a third higher than August 2020. The load factor in August was 72.6 per cent, an increase of 10 percentage points compared with last year. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Norwegian has reduced capacity dramatically and dropped all its long haul routes. It no longer operates the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Boeing 737MAX remain stored. Two of these remain parked in Dublin since the MAX was grounded in March 2019. The airline had been operating mostly domestic routes within Scandinavia but has recently started to expand again across Europe. Due to increased demand, Norwegian will begin services from Bergen to Berlin, Krakow, Malaga, Alicante, Antalya, Chania, Copenhagen and London.
Commenting on the positive news for the airline with increased demand and service, Norwegian CEO, Geir Karlsen said, “We are pleased with the positive increase in passenger numbers and demand. Everybody at Norwegian has worked incredibly hard to achieve these results and we will continue to deliver good customer experiences while running our business as efficiently as possible. We have reopened several routes that have been suspended since the pandemic started. It is now possible again to travel to several cities in Europe, such as Pisa, Edinburgh, Munich, Prague and Vienna. We know that the pandemic can still affect people’s ability to travel, however, we will continue to adapt our network to the positive trend in passenger demand.”