Number of airBaltic passengers grows by 7% in October

Latvian airline airBaltic carried overall 277,256 passengers in October 2010 (from Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn), representing 7% increase comparing with the same month in 2009, when airBaltic transported 258,513 passengers.

During the first ten months of 2010, airBaltic transported a total of 2,796,580 passengers, or 20% more than during the same period in 2009, when the total number of passengers was 2,334,247.

In October, airBaltic operated 4,528 flights, or 9% more than in October 2009 when airBaltic operated 4,158 flights. Between January and the end of October, the airline provided 48,093 flights in all, representing 26% increase comparing with the same period in 2009.

The airline’s load factor, which represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of available seats, in October 2010 was at a level of 73% - or 3% point more than in October 2009. During the first ten months of 2010 airline’s load factor was at a level of 69%, or the same level as in the same period in 2009.

The 15-minute flight punctuality indicator for airBaltic was at a level of 84.1% in October 2010. This means that more than 84 of every 100 airBaltic flights in October departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes.


October ‘10

October ‘09


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Load Factor



+3% p.p.


January-October ‘09


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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 29 aircraft – six Boeing 737-500, eight Boeing 737-300, two Boeing 757-200, ten Fokker 50 airplanes and three 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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