Riga, 28.03.2017

The Latvian airline airBaltic has achieved its first year of growth after the successful turnaround period, and demonstrated positive results, both on EBIT and net income.

“After an intensive period of turnaround airBaltic is back on a profitable growth path and able to offer lower prices and more destinations with our brand new aircraft”, says Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Board at airBaltic.

In 2016, airBaltic maintained its revenues at the level of the previous business year, and improved its operational result (EBIT) by 13 mEUR, compared to a year earlier, to the level of 3.4 mEUR. The net income reached 1,2 mEUR. airBaltic revenues were influenced by declining yields, at the same time airBaltic increased its passenger numbers by 10% to almost 3 million travelers. The total number of flights in 2016 was 44 thousand, up from 43 thousand in 2015.

airBaltic is the launch operator of the Bombardier CS300 aircraft. The first two aircraft arrived in Riga in late 2016.

“By the end of 2019,” Martin Gauss concludes, “we will have 20 Bombardier CS300. With an average jet fleet age of only 2 years, airBaltic as an all-Bombardier operator will have one of the youngest jet fleets in Europe.”

airBaltic is well positioned as a hybrid low cost carrier to continue its success in the very competitive European air transport market. Its increased capacity, efficient aircraft and low cost base will enable airBaltic to continue expansion as the No 1 Baltic carrier. The company will be recruiting around 200 new employees by the end of 2018.

airBaltic serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, CIS and the Middle East. In addition, airBaltic also offers new direct flights from Tallinn and Vilnius.

 

2016 2015 Change
EBIT 3.4m EUR -9.6m EUR 13m EUR
Net income 1.2m EUR 19.5m EUR -18.3m EUR
Passengers 2.9 million 2.6 million 0.3 million
Revenue 286m EUR 285m EUR 1m EUR
Yield 88.7 EUR 94.2 EUR -5.5 EUR
Load factor 74% 71% 3%-points
Flights 44 thousand 43 thousand 1 thousand

 


airBaltic (AIR BALTIC CORPORATION) is one of the world’s most punctual airline connecting the Baltic region with 60 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS. airBaltic is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. Its primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds 80.05% of the stock, while Ralf-Dieter Montag-Girmes holds around 20% through his fully-owned Aircraft Leasing 1 SIA. The airBaltic fleet consists of 25 aircraft – 2 Bombardier CS300, 11 Boeing 737 and 12 Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic has received numerous international awards for excellence, innovative services, and achievements in reshaping its business. In 2012, airBaltic was ranked by Airlinetrends among the Top 10 airlines globally for innovations. airBaltic achieved the best on-time performance globally for two years running in 2014 and 2015.