Belfast Telegraph

Change at top of Norwegian as airline to grow further

By Neil Lancefield

Airline Norwegian has shaken up its senior management as part of its rapid expansion.

Geir Karlsen will join the carrier from London-based shipping company Navig8 Group.

He will replace acting chief financial officer Tore Ostby on a permanent basis.

Norwegian's route network includes flights from Belfast, London Gatwick, Edinburgh and Manchester.

The airline flew 5.8 million passengers from the UK and Ireland in 2017, up by more than a quarter on the previous year.

It has described 2018 as its "biggest ever year of growth", with new long-haul routes including its first service to South America, with flights from Gatwick to Buenos Aires, an expanded premium cabin, and in-flight wi-fi on some longer flights.

Mr Karlsen said he is looking forward to taking part in Norwegian's "ambitious growth plans".

He went on: "Aviation is characterised by strong competition background and experience will contribute to further developing the company."

Mr Karlsen has held various chief financial officer positions with companies over the past 12 years.

Norwegian operates around 130 aircraft and has more than 260 on order.

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