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More passengers flying with Norwegian

More passengers flying with Norwegian

Norwegian has bucked the downturn in the aviation sector after announcing strong passenger growth over the course of 2009.

Almost a fifth (20 percent) more passengers flew with the airline between January and December compared to 2008, with the year seeing the establishment of 63 new routes.

Denmark is the home of 30 of these, while 18 new services have begun in Sweden and 15 in Norway.

A total of 10.8 million passengers flew with the airline during 2009, with more than 815,000 travelling in December – an increase of 25 per cent compared to the same month in 2008.

Bjorn Kjos, Norwegian’s chief executive officer, said the figures indicate that more passengers "prefer to travel" with the carrier.

Norwegian has also promised to have one of the most environmentally-friendly fleets in Europe by 2014, when it will operate a total of 70 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

This spring, the airline will launch new flights to Malta from both Oslo and Copenhagen.

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