In March airBaltic carried 233,033 passengers; load factor grows

Latvian national airline airBaltic carried 233,033 passengers in March 2011 (from Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn), representing 2% decrease comparing with the same month in 2010, when airBaltic transported 238,453 passengers.

During the three months of 2011, airBaltic transported a total of 599,078 passengers, or 4% less than during the same period in 2010, when the total number of passengers was 624,191.

In March, airBaltic operated 4,334 flights, or 4% more than in March 2010 when airBaltic operated 4,155 flights.

The airline’s load factor, which represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of available seats, in March 2011 was at a level of 71% - or 5% points more than in March 2010.

The 15-minute flight punctuality indicator for airBaltic was at a level of 90.2% in March 2011. This means that more than 90 of every 100 airBaltic flights in March departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes.

 

March ‘11

March ‘10

Change

Number of flights

4,334

4,155

+4%

Number of passengers

233,033

238,453

-2%

Load Factor

71%

66%

+5% p.p.

January-March ‘11

January-March ‘10

Change

Number of flights

12,166

11,731

+4%

Number of passengers

599,078

624,191

-4%

Load Factor

64%

62%

+2% p.p.

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 34 aircraft – six Boeing 737-500, eight Boeing 737-300, two Boeing 757-200, ten Fokker 50 airplanes and eight Bombardier Q400Next Gen. 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. In summer 2010, airBaltic was chosen for anna.aero ANNIES Award as Europe's largest flag carrier by new routes. airBaltic won a special Pacesetter Award 2010 from the Jury of the Budgies World Low Cost Airline Awards, recognising achievements of airBaltic as a hybrid airline.

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