Number of airBaltic passengers in September +5% in Riga base

Latvian national airline airBaltic carried 326,152 passengers in September 2011 (from Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn), representing 2% increase comparing with the same month in 2010, when airBaltic transported 318,807 passengers. In September this year, the number of passengers at the base of airBaltic in North Hub Riga has increased by 5% compared to the same period last year.

During the nine months of 2011, airBaltic transported a total of 2,661,083 passengers, or 6% more than during the same period in 2010, when the total number of passengers was 2,519,324.

In September, airBaltic operated 4,992 flights, which represents 6% decrease as in September 2010, when airBaltic operated 5,296 flights. Between January and the end of September, the airline provided 43,924 flights in all.

The airline’s load factor, which represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of available seats, in September 2011 was at a level of 79% - or 6% points higher than in September 2010. During the first nine months of 2011 the airline’s load factor was at a level of 74%, or 5% points higher than in the same period last year.

The 15-minute flight punctuality indicator for airBaltic was at a level of 89.9% in September 2011. This means that almost 90 of every 100 airBaltic flights in September departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes.


September ‘11

September ‘10


Number of flights




Number of passengers

326 152

318 807


Load Factor



+6% p.p.

January-September ‘11

January-September ‘10


Number of flights

43 924

43 565


Number of passengers

2 661 083

2 519 324


Load Factor



+5% 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 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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