Norwegian has reported that its passenger numbers have increased in September as demand strengthens across the network.

In September the airline carried 977,719 passengers, which is an increase of 206 per cent compared to the same period last year.

The airline said that traditional booking patterns are beginning to return due to the “unlocking of markets and easing of travel restrictions”, with travellers planning ahead and booking trips to city break and winter sun destinations.

The carrier was badly impacted by Covid-19 travel restrictions during 2020, and was forced to officially abandon its long-haul network in January this year, subsequently refocusing on a short-haul network to and from core Nordic markets.

Norwegian is continuing to ramp up operations in line with demand, and has reopened its bases in Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim. The airline operated an average of 46 aircraft in September.

Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian, commented:

“We are pleased to be able to report for the fifth consecutive month a continued positive increase in passenger numbers. Demand is steadily growing across all our markets and bookings to our key European destinations are showing that our customers are regaining confidence in the travel sector and are now planning their future journeys well in advance.”

“More people are choosing to travel with Norwegian every month due to our focused route network, good value fares, modern fuel-efficient aircraft and our on board experience. We look forward to welcoming an increasing number of passengers over the coming months.”

The airline recently outlined its plans for flights between Scandinavia and the UK/Ireland next summer, offering a total of 142 weekly flights.

Norwegian to offer 142 weekly flights to the UK and Ireland in summer 2022