Number of airBaltic passengers grow 16% during four months to April

Latvian airline airBaltic carried overall 211,503 passengers in April 2010 (from Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn), representing 3% decrease comparing with the same month in 2009, when airBaltic transported 217,544 passengers.

During the first four months of 2010, airBaltic transported a total of 835,694 passengers, or 16% more than during the same period in 2009, when the total number of passengers was 717,705.

Tero Taskila, Chief Commercial Officer of airBaltic: "airBaltic’s passenger growth in April was considerably affected by the volcanic ash cloud and airspace closures that disrupted air travel for more than a week."

In April, airBaltic operated 4,044 flights, or 10% more than in April 2009 when airBaltic operated 3,687 flights. Between January and the end of April, the airline provided 15,775 flights in all.

The airline’s load factor, which represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of available seats, in April 2010 was at a level of 63%, or 2% points lower than in April 2009. During the first four months of 2010 airline’s load factor was at a level of 62%, the same as in the same period in 2009.

The 15-minute flight punctuality indicator for airBaltic was at a level of 91.5% in April 2010. This means that more than 91 of every 100 airBaltic flights in April departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes.

  April ‘10

April ‘09


Number of flights




Number of passengers




Load Factor



-2% p.p.

January-April ‘10

January-April ‘09


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Number of passengers




Load Factor



0% 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 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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