The Latvian national airline airBaltic announces that is has carried around 26 000 passengers between Latvia and Finland during the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
It is by 42% more than for the same period in April.
Specifically, 42 flights between Riga and Tampere, the base city of airBaltic, were performed (33 in April), carrying close to 12 000 passengers – marking a 73% increase from the previous (regular) month.
The tournament took place in Riga and Tampere from May 12 to 28, 2023, however a great demand was also for airBaltic flights between Riga and Helsinki (around 12 000 passengers, 23% increase), and Turku (more than 2 000 passengers, 32% increase).
As it has already been announced, following the success of the Latvian men’s national hockey team and the demand of fans, airBaltic announced adding 8 extra flights from Riga to Tampere on May 27, 28, 29.
The Latvian team concluded the tournament, by winning bronze.
airBaltic carried the bronze medalist home. When approaching Riga, in an honor of the team, the Airbus A220-300 aircraft, decorated in red-white-red colors of the Latvian flag, performed a low altitude flight over Riga and the Monument of Freedom.