airBaltic achieves best month in history

Latvian national airline airBaltic achieved the best month in history and carried 377,914 passengers in July 2011 (from Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn), representing 3% increase comparing with the same month in 2010, when airBaltic transported 367,343 passengers. In July this year, the number of passengers at the base of airBaltic in Riga has increased by 8% compared to the same period last year.

During the seven months of 2011, airBaltic transported a total of 1,966,626 passengers, or 7% more than during the same period in 2010, when the total number of passengers was 1,839,432.

In July, airBaltic operated 5,590 flights, or 3% less than in July 2010, when airBaltic operated 5,750 flights. Between January and the end of July, the airline provided 33,509 flights in all.

The airline’s load factor, which represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of available seats, in July 2011 was at a level of 80% - or 4% points more than in July 2010. During the first seven months of 2011 the airline’s load factor was at a level of 73%, or 6% points more than in the same period last year.

The 15-minute flight punctuality indicator for airBaltic was at a level of 86.2% in July 2011. This means that more than 86 of every 100 airBaltic flights in July departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes.


July ‘11

July ‘10


Number of flights




Number of passengers

377 914

367 343


Load Factor



+4% p.p.

January-July ‘11

January-July ‘10


Number of flights

33 509

32 498


Number of passengers

1 966 626

1 839 432


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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