Riga. In September 2017, the Latvian airline airBaltic carried 342 645 passengers or 24% more than in the same period of 2016. For already the fourth month in a row it has been the biggest number of transported passengers in the airline’s history. During the first nine months of 2017, airBaltic has transported a total of 2 688 016 passengers to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “This year we are showing great results and we are looking forward to the next year with excitement. In the future, we will grow further – with modernized fleet and extended route map we will be able to offer even better connectivity between the Baltics and the rest of the world. We are happy to take our passengers on this journey and offer wide variety of destinations.”

In September, the airline performed 4 604 flights, or 16% more than in the same period of 2016. During the first nine months of the 2017 airBaltic has operated 37 663 flights.

The airline’s load factor, which represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of available seats, was at a level of 79.5% in September 2017. During the first nine months of 2017, airBaltic’s load factor was at a level of 77.9% and it once again is the highest in the history of the airline.

The 15-minute flight punctuality indicator for airBaltic reached a level of 85.2% in September 2017. This means that more than 85 of every 100 airBaltic flights departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes. The flight punctuality indicator during the first nine months of 2017 reached a level of 87.1%.

 

 

September, 2017

September, 2016

Changes

Number of passengers

342 645

276 899

+24%

Number of flights

4 604

3 968

+16%

Load factor

79.5%

77.0%

+1.5 percentage points

15-minute departure punctuality

85.2%

90.6%

-5.4 percentage points

 

January-September, 2017

January-September, 2016

Changes

Number of passengers

2 688 016

2 228 096

+21%

Number of flights

37 663

32 995

+14%

Load factor

77.9%

75.9%

+2.0 percentage points

15-minute departure punctuality

87.1%

89.0%

-1.9 percentage points

 

For the summer season of 2018 airBaltic has added Malaga (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Split (Croatia), Bordeaux (France) and Gdansk (Poland). A complete schedule of airBaltic flights can be found on the company's homepage at www.airbaltic.com.

airBaltic operates direct flights from Riga to over 60 destinations. airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. In addition, airBaltic also offers direct flights from Tallinn and Vilnius.

 

airBaltic photos: http://www.airbaltic.com/public/downloads.html

airBaltic in brief:

airBaltic (AIR BALTIC CORPORATION) is one of the world’s most punctual airlines 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 Lars Thuesen holds around 20% through his fully-owned Aircraft Leasing 1 SIA. The airBaltic fleet consists of 30 aircraft – 7 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.