Passenger number of Norwegian Air Shuttle 2008-2018

In 2018, more than 37 million passengers chose to fly with the low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle or Norwegian, as it is commonly called. This was an increase of more than 28 million passengers when compared to 2008. While most of the people who fly with Norwegian are from Scandinavia, the airline is also popular with Spanish and British travelers.

An expanding airline

The number of aircrafts has increased concurrently with the number of passengers - from 40 aircrafts in 2008 to 165 aircrafts ten years later. In similar vein, the number of destinations has increased during this period, reaching more than 150 different locations worldwide via 500 routes in 2019. This was an increase of more than 20 new destinations when compared to 2016. Nevertheless, Norwegian had to cancel some of the less profitable routes and shut down several air bases in Europe and the US in 2018, due to financial circumstances. Most of the company’s revenue is generated from international flights to destinations in Europe, Asia and North America.

Still not leading in Scandinavia

Despite having expanded on many different parameters, Norwegian is still not the leading airline in Scandinavia. While the turnover of Norwegian amounted to nearly three billion euros as of August 2019, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS AB) took the lead with more than four billion euros this year. Furthermore, SAS has roughly twice as many employees as Norwegian. One of the biggest differences between the airlines is the fact that the Norwegian, Swedish and Danish governments all hold major shares of SAS, whereas the founder of Norwegian, Bjørn Kjos, possess the highest share of Norwegian.

Number of passengers of Norwegian Air Shuttle from 2008 to 2018

Number of passengers in millions
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Release date

April 2019


Worldwide, Norway

Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Some figures have been taken from previous publications.

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