Airline Norwegian says passenger numbers up this summer

Low-cost airline Norwegian says it is operating flights close to full capacity in a marked improvement on performance in recent years.

Airline Norwegian says passenger numbers up this summer
A Norwegian aircraft on the tarmac at Aalborg Airport. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Traffic figures for the company for July show that seat occupancy on flights was 95 percent, the highest level for several years.

A total of 2.2 million passengers used the company last month, three times as many as in the Covid-affected month of July 2021.

“It has been a good summer for Norwegian,” CEO Geir Karlsen said in a statement on Thursday.

“We had the highest occupancy level for many years in July and operated almost all flights despite many and major challenges for aviation in Europe,” he said.

July 2019 saw a higher number of passengers fly with Norwegian, however. The total that month was 3.7 million.

The airline has struggled in recent years including before the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in it cutting long haul services and filing for bankruptcy protection in 2020.

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Denmark’s Lego struggles to introduce non-plastic bricks

Attempts by Danish toy giant Lego to take a step towards greener production with non-plastic brick have hit a stumbling block.

Denmark’s Lego struggles to introduce non-plastic bricks

Lego has dropped plans to switch from oil-based plastic in its products to the renewable RPET plastic, CEO Niels Christiansen said in an interview with the Financial Times.

It is not possible to make a switch to RPET from the ABS plastic currently in use within the framework of sustainable production, according to the director.

“We have tested hundreds of materials” but without finding the type needed for purpose, he said.

In early 2020, Lego said it had committed to carbon neutral production within the next ten years.

The company said at the time that, by 2030, all Lego bricks would be manufactured from sustainable plastic made from materials such as sugar cane or wood, replacing fossil fuel-based plastics.

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But attempts to use RPET have shown that production with the material would in fact result in higher CO2 emissions, it said.

Legos told news wire Ritzau that the setback with RPET plastic does not mean it has scrapped its ambition of finding more sustainable plastic materials.