Number of airBaltic passengers grows by 5% in October

Latvian national airline airBaltic carried 290,829 passengers in October 2011 (from Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn), representing 5% increase comparing with the same month in 2010, when airBaltic transported 277,256 passengers.

During the ten months of 2011, airBaltic transported a total of 2,951,912 passengers, or 6% more than during the same period in 2010, when the total number of passengers was 2,796,580.

In October airBaltic operated 4,467 flights or 1% less than in October 2010, when airBaltic operated 4,528 flights. Between January and the end of October, the airline provided 48,391 flights in all.

The airline’s load factor, which represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of available seats, in October 2011 was at a level of 79% - or 6% points more than in October 2010. During the first ten months of 2011 the airline’s load factor was at a level of 75% or 6% points more than in the same period last year.

The 15-minute flight punctuality indicator for airBaltic was at a level of 89.0% in October 2011. This means that 89 of every 100 airBaltic flights in October departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes.

airBaltic serves 60 destinations from its home base in 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.

  October ‘11

October ‘10


Number of flights




Number of passengers

290 829

277 256


Load Factor



+6% p.p.

January-October ‘11

January-October ‘10


Number of flights

48 391

48 093


Number of passengers

2 951 912

2 796 580


Load Factor



+6% 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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