Network cuts leave Norwegian’s traffic down by over a fifth
Norwegian Air Shuttle total traffic dropped by 23% as it cut capacity by 27% in November 2019. However, the airline states the downturn is “in line” with its strategy and the lower traffic is compensated by growing unit revenue.
In November 2019, Norwegian’s unit revenue grew for the eighth consecutive month and was up by 18% compared to November 2018. The load factor also increased by 4.2 % to 83%, the airline revealed in a statement on December 5, 2019.
“[...] In line with our strategy of moving from growth to profitability, the planned capacity reduction has improved the figures,” said acting CEO and CFO of Norwegian, Geir Karlsen. “We have adjusted our route portfolio and capacity for the coming winter season and summer seasons to ensure that we are well positioned to meet the actual demand. The figures show that we continue to deliver on our strategy of moving from growth to profitability.”
In September 2019, Norwegian ceased operating six U.S. and Canada bound routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon (Ireland). The routes were described as “no longer commercially viable” but the Boeing 737 MAX grounding also had a role in making the decision, the airline explained beforehand, in August 2019.
In November 2019, Norwegian axed its long-haul network ever further and this time, the routes from Scandinavia were sacrificed. The carrier announced plans to cease flying to the United States and Thailand from Denmark and Sweden starting from March 2020.
“[...] we see that the long-distance market to and from Scandinavia is small, compared to large cities such as New York, London, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome,” Matthew Wood, Norwegian’s Senior Vice President Commercial explained at the time.
Going even deeper into the underlying reasons, Wood has also pointed a finger to Rolls-Royce engine problems that had caused groundings of the carrier’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the past.
One minute late SAS plane forces 158 passengers into quarantine
The 158 passengers on flight SK4700 between Nice, France, and Oslo, Norway, will have to isolate for ten days after losi...
Two years after Seattle plane heist: lessons learned and missed
August 10, 2018, saw an unscheduled and tragic airshow above Seattle: a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, followed by two US Air F...
Shenzhen A330 loses cabin pressure, drops 18,000 feet
A Shenzhen A330 lost cabin pressure mid-flight and had to drop over 5,000 meters (18,000 feet) in mere minutes before la...
US Air Force conducts final captive test of new hypersonic weapon
The United States Air Force successfully carried out the final captive-carry test of the hypersonic air-launched missile...
How dangerous is turbulence for a plane and passengers
Turbulence is a concern that has bothered every air traveler at least once in their life. It might not be one of the mos...