Norwegian turns in strong showing in Q2 2023

A Norwegian airlines Boeing landing.
Nathan Coats from Seattle, WA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Norwegian, the low-cost airline, has delivered strong results in the second quarter of 2023. Against the backdrop of the bustling summer travel season, Norwegian’s operational performance and strategic partnerships have positioned it as a leading player in the European airline industry.

Q2 2023: A Profitable Journey

Norwegian’s financial performance speaks volumes. The airline achieved an impressive operating profit (EBIT) of NOK 651 million during Q2 2023. What’s more, its profit before tax (EBT) reached NOK 538 million, signaling robust financial health.

With cash and cash equivalents exceeding NOK 9.3 billion, Norwegian is firmly grounded in a strong liquidity position. An impressive fleet of 81 aircraft further underlines the airline’s substantial presence.

Soaring Passenger Numbers

One of the key metrics of an airline’s success is its passenger count. In the second quarter, Norwegian welcomed 5.6 million passengers, a significant uptick from the 5.0 million passengers in the same period the previous year.

The airline’s production, measured in available seat kilometers (ASK), reached a remarkable 8.7 billion, while passenger traffic (RPK) clocked in at 7.3 billion seat kilometers.

This notable surge in production, a 44 percent increase from the previous quarter, was instrumental in accommodating the surge in demand during the summer travel season.

Operational Efficiency

Operational efficiency is the cornerstone of Norwegian’s success. The airline achieved a commendable quarterly load factor of 84.4 percent, a notable improvement from the 81.2 percent in the same period the previous year.

This performance is a testament to Norwegian’s ability to effectively manage its resources and provide travelers with exceptional travel experiences.

Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian, lauded the airline’s accomplishments during the quarter. He highlighted the concerted efforts of over 4,700 dedicated colleagues who worked tirelessly to ensure smooth travel experiences for passengers.

Karlsen emphasized the distinctive “Norwegian way” of flying, where passengers benefit from a seamless customer experience.


In the aviation industry, and particularly in the current travel climate, punctuality is paramount. Norwegian excelled in this aspect, with 81.5 percent of its flights departing on schedule during the quarter.

This impressive figure marked an improvement from the 78.8 percent recorded in the same period the previous year.

The airline’s focus on timely departures was further recognized by Cirium, a global aviation consultancy, which named Norwegian the most on-time European airline in May.

Charting a Sustainable Future

Beyond financial success, Norwegian is maintaining its focus on sustainability. The airline’s partnership with Norsk e-Fuel stands as a groundbreaking initiative to build the world’s first full-scale e-fuel plant in Mosjøen, Norway.

This venture aims to produce sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and secure around 20 percent of Norwegian’s SAF demand by 2030.

Norwegian’s investment of over NOK 50 million in the project underscores its commitment to environmentally conscious practices.

A Wideroe Dash 8 aircraft on the taxiway.
Photo Credit: Adrian Olstad/AviationSource

Widerøe Acquisition

In July, Norwegian announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Widerøe, the regional Norwegian carrier, for a cash consideration of NOK 1,125 million, subject to certain closing conditions.

The transaction will create an improved customer offering with better connectivity and seamless end-to-end experience.

Closing of the transaction, which is subject to approval by the Norwegian Competition Authority, is expected by the end of the fourth quarter of 2023.

As the summer of 2023 unfolds, Norwegian thus finds itself in a position of strength. The airline’s exceptional performance in Q2, coupled with strategic partnerships and sustainable initiatives has set it on a firm footing to navigate the latter half of the year.

By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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