airBaltic carries 18% more passengers during first three quarters of 2018

posted on 16th October 2018 by Justin Burns

Latvian airline airBaltic carried 3.1 million passengers during the first nine months of 2018 than in the same period last year- growth of 18 per cent on the same period last year.

Increasing routes and capacity across its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East boosted traffic from its bases in Riga, Talinn and Vilnius. In September 2018, 398,846 passengers or 16 per cent more than last year travelled with airBaltic.

The airline’s load factor during first nine months of 2018 came in at 77 per cent, a one percentage point fall on the same period in 2017, but in September 2018 it was 79 per cent.

airBaltic chief executive officer, Martin Gauss said: “We are on our way to reach our target of carrying 4 million passengers in 2018. This winter we will continue to fly to such favoured destinations as Lisbon, Malaga, Madrid and Nice, which are very popular among our passengers. We can expect to see passenger growth also for the remainder of the year.”

For summer 2019, airBaltic has introduced three new destinations from Tallinn to Malaga, Brussels and Copenhagen. In addition, next summer it will launch a new direct route connecting Riga and Stuttgart.