Passengers flown by Norwegian rose by 14% last month to almost 2.9 million.

The strong level of passenger growth by the European budget carrier over the same month last year came as capacity increased by 34%.

The traffic figures were influenced by the transition from summer to winter operations, as well at the launch of several new routes and increased aircraft utilisation.

Norwegian said its passengers continued to fly longer distances in November.

Chief executive Bjorn Kjos said: “I am pleased that there has been a positive development in yield this month.

“At the same time, several of our summer routes have been extended into November, which has affected the load factor.

“A full transition into the winter programme will take place early next year, once the busy holiday season is behind us.”

Meanwhile, British Airways owner International Airlines Group reported a 7% increase in traffic last month as capacity grew by 6.9%.

Passenger numbers rose to 8.3 million over November 2017 to give a rolling annual total up by 7.7% to 104.6 million.