Number of airBaltic passengers grows by 20% at its Riga base in January

Latvian airline airBaltic carried overall 199,085 passengers in January 2010 (from Riga, Vilnius and Tallin), representing 12% more than in the same month in 2009, when airBaltic transported 177,197 passengers. In January of this year, the number of passengers at the base of airBaltic in Riga has increased by 20% compared to the same period last year.

In January, airBaltic operated 4,011 flights, or 11% more than the 3,607 flights of January 2009.

The airline’s load factor, which represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of available seats, in January 2010 was at a level of 57%, or 1% point less than in January 2009.

The 15-minute flight punctuality indicator for airBaltic was at a level of 85.9% in January 2010. This means that more than 85 of every 100 airBaltic flights in January departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes.


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airBalticin brief:  

AIR BALTIC CORPORATION (airBaltic) is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. The primary shareholders are the Latvian state, with 52.6% of stock, and SIA Baltijas aviācijas sistēmas, with 47.2% of stock. The airBaltic fleet consists of 31 aircraft – ten Boeing 737-500, eight Boeing 737-300, two Boeing 757-200, and eleven Fokker 50 airplanes. airBaltic offers nonstop flights from three Baltic capital cities – Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn. airBaltic received the title of Airline of the Year 2009/2010 (Gold Award) from the European Regions Airline Association. airBaltic is the winner of Air Transport World Phoenix Award 2010 – a global recognition of excellence in restructuring business.







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