Author: Janis Vanags
Source: Air Baltic Corporation
This summer, Latvian national airline airBaltic celebrates nine years since the opening of Berlin, Vienna, and Moscow routes.
Flights to the three capitals started in summer 2002. Since then, airBaltic has served almost 1.5 million passengers on these routes, with 777thousand passengers travelling to and from Berlin, 464 thousand passengers on the Riga-Moscow route, and more than 258thousand passengers on the Riga-Vienna route.
In 2002, the total number of passengers on these three routes amounted to just 11081. In 2010, the same routes served almost 300 thousand passengers, some twenty seven times more than nine years ago.
This summer, airBaltic offers daily flights to Vienna, up to four daily flights to Berlin, and up to three daily flights to Moscow, serving both Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports of the Russian capital.
airBaltic serves 80 destinations from its home base at Riga, Latvia. From every one of these, airBaltic offers convenient connections via North Hub Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East.
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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