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Scandinavian low-cost carrier Norwegian?claims to be gaining a strong international foothold, reporting a 16% rise in September passenger carryings to more than 2.2 million.

The passenger load factor was 81.4%, up 3.1 percentage points year on year.

Norwegian has established new two bases in Spain in the past year and launched new routes to the UK, Germany and Poland.

The carrier has also created bases in the US and launched several new long-haul flights.

Chief executive Bj?,rn Kjos said: “We’re very pleased that an increasing number of customers choose to fly Norwegian and that our passenger figures continue to rise - even with considerable capacity growth in new markets.

“The fact that more customers outside of Scandinavia choose to fly with Norwegian, proves that we’re gaining a stronger international foothold and that quality flights and low fares are well received.”

Norwegian took delivery of two new Boeing 737-800s