Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA has one bold dream: to make flying Europe to the U.S. and back as affordable as possible. And based on the company’s latest announcement, it seems Norwegian will finally be able to do just that. Just give them till 2017.
In an interview with Reuters, Norwegian Air Chief Executive Officer Bjørn Kjos unveiled the budget airliner’s plan to be able to offer one-way tickets to European destinations from the U.S. for as low as $69. Moreover, there is particular interest to be able to readily offer flights that will connect places like Edinburgh, Scotland and Bergen, Norway with airports in the U.S. which currently have minimal international service such as Westchester County Airport in New York and Bradley International Airport in Connecticut.
Recently, Norwegian revealed that it experienced passenger growth as reflected in their September passenger figures. More than 2.4 million passengers actually flew on Norwegian during the said month, reflecting a 9-percent increase when compared to the same month in the previous year. Meanwhile, the company also reported total passenger traffic increase of 11% and capacity increase of 3%.
At the same time, Kjos also said that the company continues to experience growth in long haul operations. In fact, 96 percent of seats were said to have been filled during the month of September. Moreover, they have found that there is an increasing number of passengers that are taking on flights between Europe and the U.S. or Thailand.
Meanwhile, three brand new Boeing 737-800 aircrafts that were delivered to Norwegian in September are now helping service the airline’s growing number of passengers.