IAG, easyJet and Norwegian November passenger numbers up

IAG, easyJet and Norwegian November passenger numbers up

Low-cost carriers easyJet and Norwegian both reported strong passenger growth in November.

EasyJet saw numbers rise by 8.1% to 5.3 million year-on-year with an improved load factor, up 2.6 percentage points to 92.3%.

The November performance gave the airline a rolling annual passenger total up by 10.3% to 81.3 million.

Norwegian carried 11% more passengers at 2.5 million in the month with an overall load factor of 83.7% with the help of increased long-haul travel

Chief executive Bjørn Kjos said: “We are pleased that more passengers are choosing to fly with Norwegian.

“The demand is stable and the growth is highest on our intercontinental routes.

“Global expansion is important to position ourselves in a market with such strong competition, but also for creating economic value in the markets we operate.”

Meanwhile, premium passengers flying with International Airlines Group carriers rose by 7.3% last month over November 2016.

Overall group traffic for the British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling holding company increased by 7% year-on-year.

Passenger numbers rose to almost 8 million in the month giving a year to November total up 3.8% to 97.1 million.

During the month the group announced plans for low-cost long haul offshoot Level to start flying transatlantic routes from Paris Orly from July 2018.

A new Level route to Boston from Barcelona is to start on March 28 with the airline adding a third Airbus A330 to its Spanish based fleet later next summer.

Seattle was named as a new transatlantic route to be opened by Aer Lingus from Dublin from May 2018 – the sixth announced  by the airline since IAG took over in August 2015. The new US west coast service will bring the Irish carrier’s North America network up to 15 routes.

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