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Norwegian Air's Growth Slows Further In May, Passenger Income In Line

By Dave Simpson

Norwegian Air's income per passenger grew in line with expectations in May while overall capacity expansion continued to ease, the airline's monthly traffic report has shown.

Norwegian's May yield, a measure of revenue per passenger carried and kilometres flown, rose to 0.38 Norwegian crown ($0.04) from 0.36 crown a year ago, as expected in a Reuters poll of analysts.

Capacity growth stood at 4% year-on-year, whereas analysts had expected growth of 7.7%.

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"Following a period of significant expansion and investments, the figures show that our growth is slowing down, in line with our strategy of moving from growth to profitability," CEO Bjoern Kjos said in a statement.

Norwegian's fleet of 18 Boeing MAX aircraft remains grounded after deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, the company added.

Load Factor

The airline's load factor, showing how many seats are sold on each flight, stood at 86.1% for the month, lagging a forecast of 86.4% and down from 86.5% a year earlier.

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